Gordon Grabs 70th Career Pole

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon is now third on the all-time pole list behind Richard Petty (123) and David Pearson (113). (Photo: Getty Images)

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Jeff Gordon is now in sole possession of third on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles list after he took the top spot for Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gordon, who posted a lap of 178.248 mph, broke a tie with Cale Yarborough by taking his 70th career pole to lead a charge by Hendrick Motorsports in qualifying, which saw its drivers sweep the front two rows.

"It was a great effort by the Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, the whole team, Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) and the guys," Gordon said. "We didn't know what we could run because we didn't make any qualifying runs. Obviously feeling pretty good about it right now."

Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson will start outside the front row while the other two drivers in the stable, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr., will start third and fourth, respectively.

It was the third time in Sprint Cup Series history one team owner's cars took the first four positions in qualifying. Roush Fenway Racing last turned the trick in 2005 at Auto Club Speedway.

“Yeah, I’m really impressed," Johnson said about HMS taking the first four spots. "Our Chevys have been fast. We felt that yesterday and it’s nice to come out and prove that in a single car run so far.”

Richard Childress Racing's Paul Menard took the fifth starting position on a windy day in Talladega.

"The car had really good aero numbers and we knew we were a legitimate shot for the pole," Menard said. "The wind was blowing me around a lot in three and four. I don't know if it gusted more with me or not or if it was the same for everybody. I thought we would have run a little bit better. But overall, just really happy with my team. We practiced 14 laps yesterday I think it was doing the two-car draft and everything is good there so we can race them."

Landon Cassill, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer completed the first 10 qualifiers.

Michael Waltrip, who will start 12th, was the fastest among the drivers that needed to qualifying on time.

"Bobby Kennedy (crew chief) and all of the boys at MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) did a great job tuning the car," Waltrip said. "I’ve just got to tip our hat to Toyota Racing Development. They’ve really stepped up the engine end of it and got us the power we need to be right up front."

Three drivers failed to make Sunday's race: Mike Skinner, Tony Raines and Michael McDowell.

Motor Racing Network's coverage of the Aaron's 499 will begin at 12 Noon (ET).

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