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Gordon takes pole at Charlotte

– Jeff Gordon is feeling rejuvenated as the NASCAR Sprint Cup season winds down.

Gordon carried over a strong performance in Kansas last weekend to Thursday night by winning the pole for the race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Gordon, who is fourth in the Chase standings, said it’s been a frustrating season but that he’s feeling better with each passing race.

“I feel like we knocked it out of the park tonight,” Gordon said.

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

Greg Biffle qualified third, Jimmie Johnson was fourth, and Kasey Kahne – who held the pole for most of the night – will start 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 was upbeat after the qualifying.

“The thing is it’s really hard to maintain your confidence in what you’re doing when you’re struggling,” Gordon said. “I felt like all year long we have been racing better than we have been qualifying, but that qualifying was a weakness for us and we needed to get better track position. It’s hard not to get down when things aren’t going well.”

Gordon, 42, hasn’t won a race on the Sprint Cup series this year but believes he’s going to need to win one to have a legitimate shot at winning is fifth Cup championship.

Gordon enters the weekend 32 points behind leader Matt Kenseth with six races left. Kenseth qualified 20th.

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