CONCORD, N.C. – Jeff Gordon was the last driver to make a qualifying lap Thursday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he made sure not to waste his lap.
Gordon put his Chevrolet SS on the pole for Saturday’s Bank of America 500, putting down a 27.791-second lap at 194.308 mph to earn his second pole of the season and 74th of his career. Kevin Harvick, who went out moments before Gordon laid down his fast lap, qualified second.
“Man, that was awesome,” Gordon said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had a pole here at Charlotte as well as doing it in that fashion. The way that the draw was today, there were a lot of fast cars going late in qualifying. But when you didn’t see the lap times picking up as much as we thought they were going to, I didn’t know if that late draw was going to really be a big factor.
“But I saw guys ahead of me were putting down good lap sand I knew the grip was there,” Gordon continued. “The car just did everything I wanted it to do.”
Greg Biffle qualified third in his Ford Fusion, followed by championship contender Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch completed the top 10.
Championship leader Matt Kenseth was the first driver to make a qualifying attempt and ended up 20th. Kyle Larson, making his Sprint Cup debut in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet, qualified one position behind Kenseth in 21st.