Jeff Gordon leads Hendrick parade in Talladega qualifying

Jeff Gordon celebrates qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 2, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.

Jeff Gordon celebrates qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 2, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.

Jeff Gordon was nearly a mile an hour faster than the rest of the field Saturday winning the pole for Sunday’s  NASCAR Sprint Cup series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Gordon was the final driver of the 45 entries in NASCAR’s modified knockout qualifying session and put down a lap of 49.160 seconds 194.793 miles per hour to secure his 80th career pole.

The rest of the Hendrick Motorsports contingent was quick as Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson all qualified in the top five: Kahne second, Earnhardt fourth and Johnson fifth. The pole was Gordon’s third of the season his first coming at the last restrictor plate race, the season opening Daytona 500.

“I am so proud of this pole because we got the pole in Daytona, but it was a totally different format,” Gordon said. MORE>>>

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