Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/5/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 15: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Dupont Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
After a dismal start to the Chase for the Sprint Cup last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Jeff Gordon got his New Hampshire Motor Speedway weekend started in a positive direction on Friday, claiming the pole starting spot for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. He did so with a lap time of 28.232 seconds. “That was a great lap,” Gordon said. “Started out as kind of a tough day for us in race trim. We were trying some things that weren’t working well for us. We switched over to qualifying trim, and immediately went to second on the board.” He’ll be joined on the front row Sunday by Kyle Busch, whose 28.265-second lap was second-fastest in qualifying. “That was a pretty good lap from where we were earlier in the day in the M&Ms Camry,” Busch said. “(Crew chief) Dave (Rogers) and the guys did a really good job making good changes to it to make it pick up speed.” After the provisional pole changed hands several times throughout the first half of the qu...
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