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NASCAR-WCUP: Gordon Captures Coca Cola 600 Pole

21 May 1998

By Terry Callahan
The Auto Channel

CONCORD, NC: Jeff Gordon has the Charlotte Motor Speedway figured out. For the fifth time in a row, Gordon has capture the pole at Charlotte.


Jeff Gordon

"I am just amazed to have five in a row at this race,'' said Gordon. ``It has been overwhelming. This track has been good to me. Sometimes you just don't know why it has been good to you.''

The track wasn't so kind to Gordon last Saturday night. Gordon was the class of the field during the running of "The Winston". Gordon had a ten car length lead over Mark Martin with two laps remaining in the race. Gordon ran out of fuel at the start of the last lap. Martin blew past and won the prestigious race.

"It's not like we had the worst week of our life. We were leading the thing and we made some decent money, but one slipped away from us.'' said Gordon.

Qualifying for the Coca Cola resumes today at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Following are the results from the first round of qualifying for the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race to be held this Sunday evening. The listings include starting positon, (car number), driver, hometown, car make, and qualifying speed:

1. (24) Jeff Gordon, Pittsboro, Ind, Chevrolet, 182.976.
2. (22) Ward Burton, South Boston, Va., Pontiac, 182.624.
3. (43) John Andretti, Indianapolis, Pontiac, 182.217.
4. (2) Rusty Wallace, St. Louis, Ford, 181.947.
5. (6) Mark Martin, Batesville, Ark., Ford, 181.635.
6. (18) Bobby Labonte, Corpus Christi, Texas, Pontiac, 181.458.
7. (90) Dick Trickle, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Ford, 181.318.
8. (78) Gary Bradberry, Chelsea, Ala., Ford, 181.178.
9. (75) Rick Mast, Rockbridge Baths, Va., Ford, 181.087.
10. (88) Dale Jarrett, Hickory, N.C., Ford, 180.989.
11. (50) Randy LaJoie, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 180.953.
12. (12) Jeremy Mayfield, Owensboro, Ky., Ford, 180.826.
13. (7) Geoff Bodine, Chemung, N.Y., Ford, 180.741.
14. (33) Ken Schrader, Fenton, Mo., Chevrolet, 180.729.
15. (91) Kevin Lepage, Shelburne, Vt., Chevrolet, 180.681.
16. (98) Rick Bickle, Edgerton, Wis., Ford, 180.349.
17. (96) David Green, Owensboro, Ky., Chevrolet, 180.331.
18. (36) Ernie Irvan, Salinas, Calif., Pontiac, 180.210.
19. (9) Lake Speed, Jackson, Miss., Ford, 180.168.
20. (35) Todd Bodine, Chemung, N.Y., Pontiac, 180.162.
21. (23) Jimmy Spencer, Berwick, Pa., Ford, 180.102.
22. (13) Jerry Nadeau, Danbury, Conn., Ford, 180.006.
23. (41) Steve Grissom, Gadsden, Ala., Chevrolet, 179.904.
24. (97) Chad Little, Spokane, Wash., Ford, 179.820.
25. (30) Derrike Cope, Spanaway, Wash., Pontiac, 179.736.

Failed To Qualify

(42) Joe Nemechek, Lakeland, Fla., Chevrolet, 179.665.
(3) Dale Earnhardt, Kannapolis, N.C., Chevrolet, 179.623.
(44) Kyle Petty, Randleman, N.C., Pontiac, 179.611.
(40) Sterling Marlin, Columbia, Tenn., Chevrolet, 179.575.
(92) Elliott Sadler, Emporia, Va., Chevrolet, 179.569.
(11) Brett Bodine, Chemung, N.Y., Ford, 179.539.
(94) Bill Elliott, Dawsonville, Ga., Ford, 179.521.
(31) Mike Skinner, Susanville, Calif., Chevrolet, 179.515.
(10) Ricky Rudd, Chesapeake, Va., Ford, 179.444.
(5) Terry Labonte, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevrolet, 179.366.
(8) Hut Stricklin, Calera, Ala., Chevrolet, 179.330.
(99) Jeff Burton, South Boston, Va., Ford, 179.295.
(77) Robert Pressley, Asheville, N.C., Ford, 179.217.
(26) Johnny Benson, Grand Rapids, Mich., Ford, 179.164.
(28) Kenny Irwin, Indianapolis, Ford, 178.974.
(21) Michael Waltrip, Owensboro, Ky., Ford, 178.956.
(81) Kenny Wallace, St. Louis, Ford, 178.873.
(1) Darrell Waltrip, Owensboro, Ky., Chevrolet, 178.524.
(71) Dave Marcis, Wausau, Wis., Chevrolet, 178.347.
(4) Bobby Hamilton, Nashville, Tenn., Chevrolet, 178.235.
(95) Andy Hillenburg, Harrisburg, N.C., Chevrolet, 178.112.
(46) Morgan Shepherd, Conover, N.C., Chevrolet, 177.183.
(16) Ted Musgrave, Franklin, Wis., Ford, 176.678.
(85) Randy MacDonald, Canada, Ford, 174.797.
(07) Dan Pardus, Daytona Beach, Fla., Chevrolet, 174.740
(47) Billy Standridge, Shelby, N.C., Ford, 174.205.

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