Jeff Gordon was the surprise of the field Saturday putting down a track record lap of late in the final session of knockout qualifying to win the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International.
Gordon made a lap of 1:08:26 129.466 miles per hour on the 2.45 mile road course late in the second of two knockout sessions besting a lap put down by Marcos Ambrose earlier. Ambrose had put down a record lap in the first session of 1:08:13, 129.491 mile per hour. The pole was Gordon’s third at Watkins Glen the last one coming in 2007.
“Oh gosh, I am so proud of this pole,” said Gordon who has three wins here the last in 2001. “Qualifying has really been what has been hurting us a Watkins Glen, and I blame myself really.” MORE>>>