The race to the chase of the NASCAR Sprint Cup is on with one race to go, and Jeff Gordon is a man on a mission as he will have a great opportunity to race his way in at Richmond.
Gordon won the pole for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway when he posted a qualifying lap of 130.599 in 20.674 seconds. Friday’s pole win gave Gordon his first pole of the season and his latest in 21 consecutive seasons.
Starting off on the pole on Saturday should give Gordon a chance to not only compete for a win, but also an opportunity for a spot in the chase as he is one of the many hopefuls still trying to get in.
Joining Gordon on the front row will be Kurt Busch, who also is racing for a spot into the chase. Defending Sprint Cup Series champion and chase hopeful Brad Keselowski qualified third followed by Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth.
The race at Richmond will be the final opportunity for several drivers to get themselves in the final 10 championship races. Within the drivers, there are several past champions including Gordon, Busch, and Keselowski. Others trying to secure there spot include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray.
Overall, it’s about 10 drivers racing for the final five spots.
The final race before the chase will probably an intense one for these drivers, but it will be interesting to follow along until the checkered flag waves to see the final 12-driver lineup in the chase.