NASCAR At Talladega 2012: Starting Lineup Led By Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon tried a different line in qualifying around Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. As it turns out, the veteran NASCAR driver still can learn a few new tricks.

Gordon picked up his first pole of the season and the 71st of his career, which puts him No. 3 on the all-time list. It was Gordon's first pole in one year; he also started in the top spot at the Talladega spring race last season.

"I did not expect that good of a lap," Gordon told SPEED after his lap. "I knew we were going to be a threat for it, but that's pretty sporty."

AJ Allmendinger was second, followed by Richard Petty Motorsports teammates Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola – who was fastest in both practices on Friday.

Gordon's teammate Kasey Kahne was fifth, and Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10.

JJ Yeley was the only driver who failed to qualify for Sunday's Aaron's 499.

Here is the starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway:

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. AJ Allmendinger
  3. Marcos Ambrose
  4. Aric Almirola
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Greg Biffle
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Tony Stewart
  9. Michael Waltrip
  10. Matt Kenseth
  11. Trevor Bayne
  12. Juan Pablo Montoya
  13. Brad Keselowski
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Martin Truex Jr.
  16. Josh Wise
  17. Paul Menard
  18. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  19. Jimmie Johnson
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. Kyle Busch
  22. Denny Hamlin
  23. Jamie McMurray
  24. Clint Bowyer
  25. Casey Mears
  26. David Gilliland
  27. David Stremme
  28. Terry Labonte
  29. Jeff Burton
  30. Joey Logano
  31. Regan Smith
  32. David Ragan
  33. Kurt Busch
  34. David Reutimann
  35. Michael McDowell
  36. Bill Elliott
  37. Joe Nemechek
  38. Dave Blaney
  39. Robert Richardson Jr.
  40. Tony Raines
  41. Landon Cassill
  42. David Reutimann
  43. Bobby Labonte
DNQ: JJ Yeley.
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