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Gordon takes pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway

October 11, 2013

CONCORD, North Carolina (AP) — Jeff Gordon claimed pole position Thursday for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Gordon turned a lap at 194.308 mph (312.708 kph) to edge Kevin Harvick for his ninth pole at Charlotte, the second most in track history.

Greg Biffle qualified third, Jimmie Johnson was fourth, and Kasey Kahne — who held the lead for most of the night — was fifth.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrated his 39th birthday by qualifying sixth for his 500th Sprint Cup start. Ryan Newman was seventh, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.

Gordon enters the weekend fourth in the Chase standings, 32 points behind leader Matt Kenseth with six races left. Kenseth qualified 20th.

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