It’s the halfway point in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and heading into Charlotte, Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the green flag.
Gordon won the pole for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he posted a qualifying lap of 194.308 mph in 27.791 seconds. Thursday’s pole-award win gave Gordon his second pole of the season.
Joining Gordon on the front row Saturday night will be Kevin Harvick. Greg Biffle qualified in third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne to close out the top five.
After making the chase lineup as the 13th driver, Gordon has been consistent throughout the first four races in the chase. Momentum has been on Gordon’s side as of late and it has helped him turn his season over into the better. Throughout the first part of the season prior to the chase cutoff, Gordon had been struggling. Since the chase, it has been the complete opposite.
Currently sitting in fourth place within the championship standings and now with a pole in the fifth race in the chase, things are starting to look up for Gordon.
As the race in Charlotte marks the fifth race in the chase and the season starts to wind down, little time is left to contend for the championship. With six races to go until a new champion is crowned, a lot can still happen before the season goes into the history books.