Jeff Gordon Wins the Pole at Dover; Mark Martin Makes it All-Chevy Front Row DOVER, DE - Jeff Gordon put the No. 24 DuPont Impala SS on the pole for the Camping World RV 400 in commanding fashion. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...
Jeff Gordon Wins the Pole at Dover; Mark Martin Makes it All-Chevy Front Row
DOVER, DE - Jeff Gordon put the No. 24 DuPont Impala SS on the pole for the Camping World RV 400 in commanding fashion.
The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion claimed his fourth pole at Dover International Speedway with a lap of 22.921 seconds/157.061 m.p.h. It was his third number one starting position of the season and the 66th pole of his career.
Mark Martin, No. 8 U.S. Army Impala SS, qualified second to give Team Chevy the front row for Sunday's 400-lap/400-mile race.
Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Impala SS will start sixth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Impala SS, scored the 10th starting position.
A total of 14 Impala SS drivers will start Round Two of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Other Team Chevy Chase drivers will start as follows: Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, rolls off 20th; Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Impala SS, will start 21st and Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS, scored the 24th starting position.
Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle complete the top-five starters.
The Camping World RV 400 is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 21 with live coverage provided by ABC TV, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT IMPALA SS -- Pole Winner
"What a day this DuPont Chevrolet has had. That is why we focus on qualifying. That is why this team works so hard on qualifying and I try to lay down the best possible lap. I laid it all out there, Very excited about that run and just the way our day has gone. A good lap. I knew we needed to pick up a little bit from practice and we did. Very, very proud.
"The effort put in to qualifying today by this team was unbelievable.
"It all starts on Friday here at Dover. Getting a good qualifying run and a good pit stall location is key to keep yourself out of trouble if you can get that number one pit stall. We will start working on our race stuff tomorrow. We looked at the weather and it looks pretty good. We went and tested at Kentucky this week and we are hoping some of that stuff might pay off for us. We feel like it will for us a Kansas but we hope it will for us here at Dover as well."
"Just small little victories, which is what it is all about. It is just qualifying but still, the boost for this team to get us through the weekend. We certainly haven't have the stellar season this DuPont Chevrolet team is used to, last year any way. This is great. To come here and win a pole, second race of the Chase and have the day we have had today, really looking forward to this weekend in Dover.
"We got the pit box selection we needed. We found out last week how important the pit stall selection is. We were pretty good here last time, finished in the top-five. We feel like we have improved on that since then, we will find out a lot more in practice tomorrow.
"We just have to take each race one at a time. We were a little disappointed how we finished at New Hampshire, that was one of our strongest tracks and we didn't get the most out of it. Put that behind us. Come here, this is another strong track for us so we just have to get the most out of it. This is certainly the way to start the weekend out right. Get the good pit stall, start of front. Just positive thinking. Tomorrow we will know what we have for the race."
MARK MARTIN, NO. 8 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS -- Qualified 2nd:
"I love this place. The first time I came here in 1981, I was like this place is cool. I really want to give a shout out to all the guys on this No. 8 Chevrolet and everyone at DEI for building such incredible race cars. It is such a pleasure to drive this stuff and work with the US Army. Tony Gibson is a blast to work with. We have great horsepower. Guess I should have given it a little bit more gas there and maybe we would have got ourselves another one. I am really proud to drive their stuff.
"Gosh, I don't think I'm not sure I lost anything. I think when I was out there, I gave it everything I could. We went incredibly fast and we didn't get it done. It is a great race car to drive. I just have a blast coming to the race track and driving this car. It has been a great day and I am looking forward to a great weekend."
-credit: gm racing