Fast Friday For Gordon
September 19, 2008 | 4:09 P.M. EST
The pole marked his fourth at “The Monster Mile” and it put him in a three-way tie with Mark Martin and Ryan Newman for the most poles at the track among active drivers.
Gordon currently sits 11th in the points, 99 behind Chase co-leaders Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, who qualified 20th and 22nd, respectively.
"It all starts on Friday here at Dover," Gordon said. "Getting a good qualifying run and a good pit stall location is key to keep yourself out of trouble if you can get that number one pit stall. We will start working on our race stuff tomorrow. We looked at the weather and it looks pretty good. We went and tested at Kentucky this week and we are hoping some of that stuff might pay off for us. We feel like it will for us a Kansas but we hope it will for us here at Dover as well."
Martin, who will be making his 19th start of the season, qualified second for the fifth time in 2008.
"I have had so much fun driving Tony Gibson's (crew chief) car this year," Martin said. "Certainly a great day today. We are on a mission to get a win with the 8 car."
Sixth-place Chaser Denny Hamlin will start third.
“This is the first race we actually did nothing but qualifying trim” Hamlin said. “We spent a lot of effort in it and it paid off. That’s good for us.”
Kurt Busch scored his third consecutive top 10 start of the season after being the top qualifying Dodge in fourth.
"I felt like we were a half of an adjustment from making it (a pole-winning run)," Busch said. "I chose to go one way and we stuck with it. We were a little loose on the run."
Last week's winner Greg Biffle, who is third in the standings, rounded out the top five.
Clint Bowyer (sixth), Matt Kenseth (eighth) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10th) were the other Chase drivers to qualify in the top 10.
The Fords of David Gilliland and Jamie McMurray also qualified in the top 10 in seventh and ninth, respectively.
Kyle Busch will look to rebound after losing the points lead last weekend from the 11th starting position.
"Practice, we seemed to be pretty happy with the car there in race trim but qualifying trim just didn’t have the speed it needed to qualify upfront, but it’s not going to hinder anything," Busch said.
Tony Stewart will start the furthest back among the Chase contenders after qualifying 33rd with a lap of 153.780 mph.
Three drivers failed to make the race: Chad Chaffin, Johnny Sauter and Stanton Barrett.
Sunday's 400-lap race is scheduled to take the green flag at 2 p.m. (ET).