Posted September 06, 2013 on AP on Fox
Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position. The four-time champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season. His lap pushed Kurt Busch to the outside of the front row. Busch and Gordon are among 10 drivers in a battle for the final spots in the Chase for the championship. The field will be set by Saturday's race. The pole extended to 21 Gordon's string of seasons with a pole position, and comes when he needs it the most. Gordon is 11th in points, one spot - and six points - behind Busch. Defending series champion Brad Keselowski qualified third.

Gordon's 2012 drive gives hope to Chase contenders

Jeff Gordon rolled into Richmond International Raceway last year with his season on the line, locked in a tight battle with Kyle Busch for one of the last spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. His hopes were nearly dashed as soon as the race began. Gordon's car was barely drivable and he struggled to keep pace, falling a lap down early. But the race was stalled...

Jeff Gordon driving special Drive to End Hunger paint scheme at Richmond

getty If Jeff Gordon is to earn his way into NASCAR’s post season he will do so with a special “Drive to End Hunger” paint scheme on his No. 24 Chevrolet. Gordon will start on the pole for Saturday nights race, the 73rd pole of his career. September is Feeding America’s “Hunger Action Month.” and the sponsor of Gordon is hoping to create just that with a modified scheme...

Gordon speeds to Richmond pole win

Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position. The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season. ''I can breathe now,'' Gordon joked after seeing the time hold up. His lap pushed...

Gordon, Kurt Busch set for battle

There's an odd sense of dejà vu at Richmond International Raceway this time around. Jeff Gordon comes into Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 in 11th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings, just six points behind 10th-place Kurt Busch. Last year at this race, Gordon rolled in seven points behind Kyle Busch for the final wild-card spot in the Chase for the...

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon’s up-and-down night ends in disappointment at Richmond

Richmond, VA- It was looking a lot like the 2012 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway for Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon. After starting on the pole Gordon led the first 49 laps. He then had a loose wheel mid race which dropped him back to midpack and two laps down. Like last year, he had to come back from two laps down to make his way into the Chase...

Clint Bowyer's suspicious spin ruins the season for Newman, Gordon

Clint Bowyer's spin to bring out a caution with 9 laps to go at Richmond changed the entire season for several drivers, and some think he did it intentionally. In the last race before the Chase begins next week, several teams were fighting for the last few spots. Jeff Gordon had rallied from two laps down to 8th place and had a two point lead on Joey Logano for the 10th and...

Kurt Busch in position for Chase push

Of the three former Sprint Cup champions still eligible for the Chase but sans wins for the season, only Kurt Busch is among the top 10 drivers in the point standings. His advantage is a mere six points over four-time champion Jeff Gordon -- who not only has the power of Hendrick Motorsports behind him but who posted a track record Friday in qualifying with a lap of 130.599 mph...

Richmond race promises to be wild

Can things can get any crazier in NASCAR? So far, this week alone: - Kyle Busch won his fourth Sprint Cup race of the season; - Brad Keselowski likely got knocked out of a chance to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup and defend his series championship; - Max Papis got slapped by a road-course ringer's girlfriend; - Tony Stewart made his first public appearance since breaking...

Carl Edwards Wins, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski miss chase.

Kasey Kahne stated that he had a good practice yesterday. "This is a good track for us," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "I think we have the car to do it," said Brad Keselowski on winning the race. This race started off with Jeff Gordon leading laps as Kurt Busch was slowly dropping back down to only fourth place.  Brad Keselowski though started to get hot...

NASCAR: Wild ending at Richmond sets Chase field for 2013

Richmond, VA- What an ending for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. With seven laps to go Ryan Newman was leading, Martin Truex Jr. was seventh, Jeff Gordon was eighth and Joey Logano was 25th. Because of that Newman held the second wildcard Chase spot, knocking Truex out. Meanwhile, Gordon held the final automatic spot to make it...
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