Gordon Takes Pole For Daytona 500 Rookie Tony Stewart to Share Front Row DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Gordon is hoping the trip he made to Victory Lane today at Daytona International Speedway is just a warm-up for next weekend's...
Gordon Takes Pole For Daytona 500 Rookie Tony Stewart to Share Front Row
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Gordon is hoping the trip he made to Victory Lane today at Daytona International Speedway is just a warm-up for next weekend's Daytona 500. Gordon was presented with the Bud Pole Award after capturing the pole position for the Daytona 500 in qualifying today.
"We're going to try to win it and we're going to try to run as good as we can," said Gordon. "But it's always nice to know you don't have to take a bunch of chances and risk anything because your starting position is already set."
Gordon, who captured the pole with a speed of 195.067 mph in the DuPont Chevrolet, will be joined on the front row for next weekend's running of the "Great American Race" by Tony Stewart, who ran a lap of 194.599 mph in the Home Depot Pontiac, second fastest of the 58 cars to attempt qualifying runs.
"I knew that I had the team all along and was capable of running up front," said Stewart. "But to come here and actually do as well as we did. . . it's just unreal. After practice session I didn't think I could run that quick."
Gordon will start eighth in tomorrow's Bud Shootout At Daytona, an all-star 25-lap sprint. The Bud Shootout qualifier begins at 11 a.m., broadcast live on ESPN. The entire field will take the green flag at noon and will be broadcast live on CBS.
Ken Schrader was third fastest in qualifying for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 194.553 mph in the Skoal Chevrolet, followed by Mike Skinner, 194.536 mph in the Lowe's Chevrolet, and Mark Martin at 194.196 mph in the Valvoline Cummins Ford. Thursday's Gatorade 125 will set positions three through 30 for the Daytona 500. The rest of the field will be determined through times and trials and provisionals. Tickets are still available for the Bud Shootout At Daytona and other Speedweeks events.
For information, call the Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-RACE.