Jeff Gordon wins NASCAR pole at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 09: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, right, and Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert pose with the Coors Light Pole Award after Gordon qualified for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 9, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 09:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, right, and Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert pose with the Coors Light Pole Award after Gordon qualified for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 9, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 09: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, right, and Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert pose with the Coors Light Pole Award after Gordon qualified for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 9, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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>>>

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