Friday, September 6, 2013

Jeff Gordon on pole for Saturday's Richmond race, Kurt Busch second

Gordon hoping to make up some points on Kurt Busch Saturday
RICHMOND, Va.—Jeff Gordon, who sits six points behind Kurt Busch for the final automatic bid to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, won the pole Friday for the NASCAR’s regular-season finale.

Who will start next to him when the green flag waves on the Federated Auto Pars 400 at Richmond International Raceway?

None other than Busch.

So the battle for 10th will begin with the opening lap Saturday night. Busch is 10th in the Cup standings, just ahead of Gordon.

Brad Keselowski, who has an outside shot of making the Chase, will start third, making it three former Cup champions, all fighting for Chase spots, in the first three positions at the start.

“It’s just really about building momentum and confidence throughout the weekend to know we’re fine-tuning, that we’re not looking and searching for big things,” four-time Cup champion Gordon said after he earned him his first pole of the season.

“That’s the kind of the day that we had. . . . Did we make a statement? Yeah. But so did Kurt. And so did Brad.”

Gordon turned a track-record 130.599 mph lap on the 0.75-mile oval in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, just barely beating out Busch, who was at 130.334 mph in his Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.

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