Gordon continues roll, wins pole at the Glen
Jeff Gordon holds the record for most road course wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but his last victory at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International came in 2001.
He’ll have an excellent opportunity to change that in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen starting from the pole.
Marcos Ambrose set a track qualifying record in Round 1 (129.491 mph) on Saturday but Gordon’s average lap at 129.466 mph was enough to top Ambrose in Round 2.
“I’m pumped, this gives us a lot of confidence. I think today does make a statement,” said Gordon, who has now won at least one pole for the 22nd consecutive season and won the 75th of his career.
“We didn’t do too much in qualifying runs. Just the way we struggled here in the last couple years. This has been one of our toughest tracks, then to start the weekend off with a pole. Heck after today, I believe anything is possible.”
Jimmie Johnson qualified third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Kurt Busch fifth.
The sponsorship for Gordon, however, will encompass 13 races in 2015, down from this season’s 22.
Also, JTG Daugherty Racing announced it has signed a three-year contract extension with Kimberly-Clark to continue sponsoring its No. 47 team and A.J. Allmendinger through the 2017 season.
Having to start from the rear of the field in Sunday’s race anyway, Patrick elected to run practice laps in her backup car during Saturday’s qualifying session since the car had not yet been on the track this weekend.
Three things to watch
1 Marcos Ambrose, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch have been in the mix for the win at the Glen the past three seasons. Don’t expect that to change.
2 Jeff Gordon has won a NASCAR-record nine times on road courses but hasn’t won at the Glen since 2001.
3 It’s crunch time for the Chase. Only five races remain and there are 11 of 16 spots field. Win and you’re in.
Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick