Jeff Gordon beat Kevin Harvick to pole in a frantic end to NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Charlotte on Thursday evening.
Harvick and Gordon were the last two drivers in the 43-car line to qualify for Saturday night's race.
Gordon's Hendrick team-mate Kasey Kahne had been fastest for the majority of the session, having gone out second.
But Kahne was convinced he had made costly mistakes on his run and expected to be deposed.
It eventually took 36 cars for that to happen, with Roush Fenway's Greg Biffle taking over provisional pole.
Biffle's time held up against a challenge from Jimmie Johnson, but next two cars out Harvick and Gordon both went quicker and ended up sharing the front row.
Gordon's lap of 27.791 seconds and 194.308mph was 0.015 seconds faster than Kansas polesitter and winner Harvick's Richard Childress Chevrolet.
Behind Biffle in third, Gordon's Hendrick stablemates Johnson, Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr filled fourth to sixth places.
Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya share row four, followed by the Busch brothers.
Montoya's 2014 Earnhardt Ganassi replacement Kyle Larson is making his Cup debut this weekend with Phoenix. He qualified 21st, only one place behind points leader Matt Kenseth.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 27.791s 2. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet 27.806s +0.015s 3. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 27.841s +0.050s 4. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 27.865s +0.074s 5. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 27.879s +0.088s 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 27.902s +0.111s 7. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 27.913s +0.122s 8. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 27.919s +0.128s 9. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 27.921s +0.130s 10. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet 27.963s +0.172s 11. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 27.980s +0.189s 12. Joey Logano Penske Ford 27.983s +0.192s 13. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 28.015s +0.224s 14. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 28.020s +0.229s 15. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 28.041s +0.250s 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford 28.072s +0.281s 17. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota 28.091s +0.300s 18. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.107s +0.316s 19. Brian Scott Childress Chevrolet 28.122s +0.331s 20. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.126s +0.335s 21. Kyle Larson Phoenix Chevrolet 28.131s +0.340s 22. Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.157s +0.366s 23. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 28.162s +0.371s 24. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Toyota 28.179s +0.388s 25. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 28.189s +0.398s 26. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet 28.203s +0.412s 27. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota 28.278s +0.487s 28. Casey Mears Germain Ford 28.333s +0.542s 29. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 28.339s +0.548s 30. David Ragan Front Row Ford 28.369s +0.578s 31. Cole Whitt Swan Toyota 28.370s +0.579s 32. Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 28.470s +0.679s 33. Josh Wise Front Row Ford 28.542s +0.751s 34. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 28.561s +0.770s 35. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.583s +0.792s 36. David Reutimann BK Toyota 28.631s +0.840s 37. Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 28.659s +0.868s 38. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 28.741s +0.950s 39. Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 28.746s +0.955s 40. Timmy Hill FAS Lane Ford 28.823s +1.032s 41. Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 28.924s +1.133s 42. JJ Yeley Baldwin Chevrolet 29.049s +1.258s 43. Blake Koch Leavine Ford 29.905s +2.114s