Gordon sets track record, earns pole in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Jeff Gordon broke the Michigan International Speedway qualifying record in taking the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race with a speed of 206.558 mph.

Speeds at MIS have been climbing ever since the two-mile oval was repaved before the 2012 season. Kevin Harvick set the qualifying record in June at 204.557, but drivers breezed past that mark Friday, and Gordon emerged with his second straight pole. He qualified first last weekend at Watkins Glen but finished 34th, giving up the series points lead to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

It's the 76th pole of Gordon's career and the seventh-fastest pole-winning speed in the history of NASCAR's top series.

Joey Logano, who won this race last year, qualified second. Then came Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers and Brad Keselowski.


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