Found September 07, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Gettyimage.ashx_url_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f93055200.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d77bfba49ef878921cc759df4ebac47d049f318d79262861994c2100c4770768deaeb56cf2410d325
It's a Hendrick Motorsports front row at Richmond International Raceway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for Saturday night's ''regular-season'' finale. He turned a lap at 127.023 mph in his Chevrolet to bump teammate Jeff Gordon from the top starting spot. It's the first pole for NASCAR's most popular driver since the 2011 Daytona 500, and it's the 11th time he claimed the top spot in qualifying. It came at the expense of Gordon, who is trying to race his way into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Gordon wound up second, and needs a strong race to earn one of the two wild card berths into the 12-driver Chase field. Kyle Busch, who is battling Gordon for a wild card, qualified 15th.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Gordon bringing back the 'stache

Just when you thought Jeff Gordon's mustache was just a bad memory from his 1993 rookie season in Cup . . . it's back. "So as many of u may have heard, I made a statement that if we made the Chase I wud bring back the stache," Gordon tweeted Sunday. "I'm a man of my word." Certainly, even a four-time NASCAR champion can enjoy a second childhood....

Gordon makes Chase with gritty run

Jeff Gordon never gave up. He promised his team - and his fans - that he wouldn't go down without a fight. And fight he and his No. 24 team did, with a second-place finish at Richmond International Raceway to snag a ticket to the 2012 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. With 12 points separating Gordon from 12th-place Kyle Busch entering the 26th and final race of the regular...

Jeff Gordon & Tony Stewart Richmond Media Transcript

THE MODERATOR:  We have two of our Chase drivers joining us now at the podium.  Our defending champion is Tony Stewart.  He’ll come into the 2012 Chase seated third.  And Jeff Gordon races his way into the Chase.  Congratulations, Jeff. Let’s hear from you, Tony.  Third seed, you have three wins on the year, defending your championship.  Your thoughts. TONY STEWART: ...

Busch vs. Gordon for last Chase spot

NASCAR trotted out eight drivers Thursday who are all mathematically eligible to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. In reality, Saturday night's ''regular season'' finale is a race between Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon for the final berth in the 12-driver field. The two wild card berths are both technically open. But with two wins on the season, Kasey...

CUP: Gordon Edges Busch For Wild Card

Teammates Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne grab wild cards for Chase…

Bowyer, Gordon winners at Richmond

After rain delayed the start of the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Saturday night, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon were both winners, of sorts, when the race finally ended early Sunday morning. Bowyer claimed the race win, his second of 2012, and with a second-place finish, Gordon took the second wild card spot and the...

Successor expected to be named soon

Tony Eury Sr. has stepped down from his role as competition director at JR Motorsports. The former crew chief, affectionately known as "Pops," led drivers to a combined 55 NASCAR wins between the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series during the past 28 years. Eury joined JRM in 2007 and was named competition director of JR Motorsports five seasons ago. Since then, the company...

Top Three Qualifiers Richmond Media Transcript

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, turned in the fastest lap of the 43 car field and claimed the pole for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond International Raceway. Following him on the starting grid was Jeff Gordon and Regan Smith. Below is their transcript from when they talked to the media afterwards. DALE EARNHARDT...

CUP: NASCAR Tweaks Suspension Rules

Jeff Gordon said other teams are using rear suspensions similar to what Hendrick Motorsports runs…

Team Chevy Federated Auto Parts 400 Race Recap

RICHMOND, Va. – With a second place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, earned a spot in the coveted 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet, likewise clinched a slot in the Chase with his 12th place...

...

Sam Hornish, Jr. Federated Auto Parts 400 Qualifying Recap

RICHMOND, Va. – Sam Hornish Jr. will start the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge 11th in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 here at Richmond International Raceway.  Hornish circled this .750-mile D-shaped oval in 21.359 seconds (126.410 mph) in this afternoon’s qualifying session to earn the starting position. “It was okay,” Hornish said to Dodge Racing PR’s Jimmy White of...

Bowyer earns second Cup win of '12

Clint Bowyer won the rain-delayed race at Richmond, and Jeff Gordon drove his way into the title picture by grabbing the last wild-card berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Bowyer came back from a mid-race spin to pick up his second win of the season. The Saturday night victory gave the Michael Waltrip Racing driver another three bonus points to take into the Chase...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.