NASCAR 2012 Talladega Qualifying
NASCAR 2012 Talladega Qualifying, Jeff Gordon tried a different line in qualifying around Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. As it turns out, the veteran NASCAR driver still can learn a few new tricks.
Gordon picked up his first pole of the season and the 71st of his career, which puts him No. 3 on the all-time list. It was Gordon’s first pole in one year; he also started in the top spot at the Talladega spring race last season.
“I did not expect that good of a lap,” Gordon told SPEED after his lap. “I knew we were going to be a threat for it, but that’s pretty sporty.”
AJ Allmendinger was second, followed by Richard Petty Motorsports teammates Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola – who was fastest in both practices on Friday.
Gordon’s teammate Kasey Kahne was fifth, and Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10.
JJ Yeley was the only driver who failed to qualify for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499.
Here is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway:
1. Jeff Gordon