Jeff Gordon on pole in Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jeff Gordon earned his fourth Bud pole of the season, and second at Martinsville in 2003 with a lap of 93.650 mph. It is the 46th pole of his career. "This has been a great track for us," said Gordon. "Especially the last ...

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jeff Gordon earned his fourth Bud pole of the season, and second at Martinsville in 2003 with a lap of 93.650 mph. It is the 46th pole of his career.

"This has been a great track for us," said Gordon. "Especially the last few times we have been here.that number one pit stall and track position matters we have a great race car hopefully we can show it all weekend long at Martinsville."

Gordon won from the pole at the Spring Martinsville event.

Ward Burton was second, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Kenny Wallace.

"That was pretty quick," said Wallace. "Bill Davis Racing really needed some good qualifying runs, this is Ward's (Burton) last race so I'm just real happy for Bill and Gail."

Jimmy Spencer rounds out the top five, which was great news for Spencer who crashed his primary car during Friday morning's practice.

"I made a mistake this morning in practice," said Spencer. "And crashed the primary car, the laps we had made in that car were good.to be fifth is pretty cool.we're looking good for Sunday."

It was a bad day for Yates Racing as Elliott Sadler's No. 38 Ford failed inspection and did not make the qualifying line in time. He will take a provisional. Teammate Dale Jarrett wrecked during his time-trial and will also have to take a provisional.

"For some reason we've got a little bit too much camber in the left rear with our qualifying tires on and the air pressure," said Sadler. "We tried to heat it and freeze it a few times, but by then we ran out on NASCAR's five-minute clock. When you do that, you're not allowed to qualify. It's not from a lack of effort or anything.

We just had a little bit too much camber and that wasn't good for the M&M's Ford Taurus today. We were actually really fast in practice and I was looking forward to qualifying, but I know my guys will give me a good racecar. I'm just upset about a provisional. I don't like using provisionals, but this is only my second one this year. We've got to get 'em on Sunday."

Championship leader Matt Kenseth qualified 14th, ""It's always good to start up front here. It's hard to pass. I feel the race setup and qualifying setup are very similar here at Martinsville, so since we qualified halfway decent, I think that will be good for the race."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ward Burton , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Jimmy Spencer , Kenny Wallace , Elliott Sadler
Teams Bill Davis Racing , Yates Racing