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Sometimes, different is good. Such was the case Saturday during pole qualifying at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Jeff Gordon opted to drive his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in a different line around the track than anyone else, and the move paid off in the form of his 71st-career series pole. “We just wanted to try something a little bit different,” Gordon said soon after making his 49.973-second qualifying lap. “We tried it yesterday. You don’t have to run that big, wide lap.” Gordon was the only driver to turn in a lap under 50 seconds. The Talladega pole is the first pole start of the year for Gordon, making 2012 the 20th-straight season in which he has scored a pole. Gordon now has scored at least one pole in each of his seasons of full-time Sprint Cup competition, dating back to 1993. “We need something to boost our morale — something positive,” Gordon said of trying to turn around his lacklus...
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