Gordon on pole at Darlington

Jeff Gordon took the 31st pole position of his NASCAR career in first-round qualifying at Darlington

Gordon on pole at Darlington

The triple Winston Cup champion was the last driver to set a time on the 1.36-mile oval, edging out Kevin Lepage, who had held the position for most of qualifying.

'We knew we were very fast in practice but we also knew we had to pick it up just a little bit,' said Gordon, who has won at Darlington on four occasions in the past.

'The whole team needed this. They have been working hard. This was a great thing for us, it's a real confidence builder.

As ever, the top 25 positions are now set. The rest of the field will have to run again in second-round qualifying to determine their starting slots.

First-round qualifying times from Darlington:



















































































































































































































































1


Jeff Gordon


Chevrolet


28.481s


2


Kevin Lepage


Ford


28.552s


3


Ward Burton


Pontiac


28.557s


4


Dale Earnhardt


Chevrolet


28.685s


5


Mark Martin


Ford


28.729s


6


Elliott Sadler


Ford


28.739s


7


Bobby Labonte


Pontiac


28.792s


8


Bill Elliott


Ford


28.798s


9


Tony Stewart


Pontiac


28.832s


10


Dale Earnhardt Jr


Chevrolet


28.839s


11


John Andretti


Pontiac


28.855s


12


Dick Trickle


Pontiac


28.863s


13


Robert Pressley


Ford


28.866s


14


Jeff Fuller


Pontiac


28.867s


15


Dave Blaney


Pontiac


28.874s


16


Matt Kenseth


Ford


28.891s


17


Dale Jarrett


Ford


28.899s


18


Kenny Irwin


Chevrolet


28.902s


19


Jerry Nadeau


Chevrolet


28.902s


20


Rusty Wallace


Ford


28.915s


21


Jeremy Mayfield


Ford


28.916s


22


Ricky Rudd


28.938s

 

23


Mike Skinner


Chevrolet


28.949s


24


Jimmy Spencer


Ford


28.950s


25


Kenny Wallace


Chevrolet


28.964s


26


Dave Marcis


Chevrolet


28.977s


27


Jeff Burton


Ford


28.980s


28


Sterling Marlin


Chevrolet


28.988s


29


Johnny Benson


Pontiac


28.988s


30


Joe Nemechek


Chevrolet


28.988s


31


Steve Park


Chevrolet


28.996s


32


Brett Bodine


Ford


29.000s


33


Bobby Hamilton


Chevrolet


29.003s


34


Terry Labonte


Chevrolet


29.008s


35


Michael Waltrip


Chevrolet


29.020s


36


Ken Schrader


Pontiac


29.053s


37


Ted Musgrave


Chevrolet


29.065s


38


Rick Mast


Chevrolet


29.131s


39


Ricky Craven


Chevrolet


29.145s


40


Kyle Petty


Pontiac


29.230s


41


Darrell Waltrip


Ford


29.233s


42


Robby Gordon


Ford


29.253s


43


Wally Dallenbach


Ford


29.263s


44


Ed Berrier


Ford


29.263s


45


Chad Little


Ford


29.264s


46


Stacy Compton


Ford


29.270s


47


Derrike Cope


Ford


29.271s


48


Scott Pruett


Ford


29.648s

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