Gordon uses first provisional at Homestead

Homestead, FL -- This has been a weird season for WInston Cup. First, rookies Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson burst onto the scene and stole all of the limelight from the veterans, and for the season finale, four-time champion Jeff Gordon put...

Homestead, FL -- This has been a weird season for WInston Cup. First, rookies Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson burst onto the scene and stole all of the limelight from the veterans, and for the season finale, four-time champion Jeff Gordon put his own spin on things as he was forced to take a provisional starting position.

That's right, Jeff Gordon, after 329 Winston Cup starts, was forced to use his first career provisional in order to make the 43 car field for the series' season ending event at Homestead. He'll line up on the grid in 37th.

The pole winning lap of Kurt Busch topped the speed charts at 154.365 mph while Gordon's fastest lap was clocked at only 150.079 mph. His lap was -0.999 seconds off of Busch's pole time.

A positive note for Gordon is that the starting position doesn't seem to matter much this season. Numerous victories have been claimed by drivers who have started back in the 30s.

Sterling Marlin, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth all have won events after opting to change engines and drop to the rear of the field for the start of the race. At Chicago, Kevin Harvick started 32nd and at Martinsville, Kurt Busch started 36th.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson