Jeff Gordon wins Daytona pole after frustrating qualifying session

Jeff Gordon celebrates his pole Saturday at Daytona. (Greg Engle)

Jeff Gordon celebrates his pole Saturday at Daytona. (Greg Engle)

In what he proclaims will be his last Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the green next Sunday for the Great American Race. Gordon snatched the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole on the final lap of a three round qualifying Sunday session that featured a great many cars waiting on pit road.

Gordon’s pole speed of 201.293 marked the first time since 1987 that a pole speed at Daytona was over 200 miles per hour. That was set by Bill Elliott who ran a lap of 210 in the era before restrictor plates slowed cars down on the 2.5 mile speedway.

“Whew, that feels good that is awesome,” Gordon said. MORE>>>

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