Ft. Worth, TX -- Jeff Gordon powered his No. 24 DuPont/Nicorette Impala SS to the fastest lap around the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) track to earn his first NASCAR Sprint Cup career pole at the 1.5-mile facility. Team Chevy drivers Martin Truex...
Ft. Worth, TX -- Jeff Gordon powered his No. 24 DuPont/Nicorette Impala SS to the fastest lap around the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) track to earn his first NASCAR Sprint Cup career pole at the 1.5-mile facility. Team Chevy drivers Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Impala SS was second quick, and Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniels Impala SS qualified third to give Chevrolet the top three starting spots for Sunday's Dickies 500, Round 34 on the 2008 tour.
"Texas has not been one of our best tracks but today has been a great day for the DuPont/Nicorette Chevrolet. We started off, the car felt good, but didn't just quite have the speed. We worked on it and the last lap we made in practice, we really hit on something and it followed all the way through qualifying.
"We have made huge gains on these mile and a half race tracks. Things that I feel good about and we can be consistent with. It is just how you get good information back to your team to fine-tune things. That is how we go faster. We are finding it; we are just unfortunately finding it a little bit late. Not quite enough too late, but this is great for us. It's a good start to the weekend."
Gordon also collected a Beretta shotgun for winning the pole, a coveted tradition at TMS. "It is a beautiful shotgun. It takes about a year to get it after all the engraving that goes in to it. It is really a prize worth going after. Late in the season, we haven't gotten a win. We haven't been able to qualifying for about a month. This is just exciting to get out there and put a lap down. What a great day for the DuPont/Nicorette Chevrolet. The team was unbelievable today; we unloaded with a fast race car but just kept improving on it all through practice.
"Certainly a lot more comfortable on these mile and a half tracks than we were earlier in the season. This is just half the battle, just qualifying and one lap. We feel like we still have some work to do for the race. We will find out about that tomorrow, but I know our race car are so much better at this point in the season will all of our testing and our hard work."
In all, Team Chevy will occupy six of the top 10 starting positions on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Impala SS will start fifth, current series point leader, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS was seventh quick, and Scott Riggs, No. 66 State Water Heaters Impala SS qualified 10th, putting Chevrolet in six slots in the first five rows.
The Dickies 500 will take the green flag on Sunday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m. EST and ABC-TV will begin live coverage at 3:00 p.m.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 7TH:
"You see a big number like the No. 1 car put out, you know what you did in practice and the adjustments that have been made, you try and compute all that and say OK, my mark was here and I am going to try to go to here and hope it sticks. Getting out there and remembering those things is really the tough part. But, when you have a great race car like I did today, you can go out and do a good job with it, get a good lap. Very happy with the Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet and looking forward to a good weekend.
"It was a great lap. I have wanted to be on track the last few weeks like everyone else. It was some really good tracks that got rained out of qualifying."
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