Friday, August 15, 2014

Gordon wins Michigan pole in track-record time

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Jeff Gordon swept to the pole Friday for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 and he did so in record-breaking style.

Gordon’s lap of 206.558 mph at Michigan International Speedway broke a track record set in June by Kevin Harvick, and he wasn’t alone.

The top six qualifiers all finished faster than Harvick’s lap in June: Gordon, Joey Logano (206.391), Carl Edwards (206.115), Brian Vickers (205.685), Brad Keselowski (205.644) and Harvick (205.438)

It is Gordon’s second consecutive pole. He was first last week at Watkins Glen, which came two weeks after winning the race at Indianapolis.

“The reason we’re so fast has nothing to do with the race track,” said Logano of the speeds at Michigan. “It’s the new rules packages for the cars and what we’re doing to improve it with our stuff.” -- David Scott