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Gordon sets qualifying mark at Michigan

  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. prepares to qualify for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. prepares to qualify for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Jeff Gordon celebrates winning the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)

    Jeff Gordon celebrates winning the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)

  • Jeff Gordon celebrates winning the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)

    Jeff Gordon celebrates winning the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)

  • Jeff Gordon qualifies in the final session winning the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)

    Jeff Gordon qualifies in the final session winning the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)

  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. prepares to qualify for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Jeff Gordon celebrates winning the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
  • Jeff Gordon celebrates winning the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
  • Jeff Gordon qualifies in the final session winning the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Jeff Gordon broke the Michigan International Speedway qualifying record yesterday, taking the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race with a speed of 206.558 mph.

Speeds at MIS have been climbing ever since the two-mile oval was repaved before the 2012 season. Kevin Harvick set the qualifying record in June at 204.557, but drivers breezed past that mark yesterday, and Gordon emerged with his second straight pole. He qualified first last weekend at Watkins Glen but finished 34th, giving up the series points lead to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

It’s the 76th pole of Gordon’s career and the seventh-fastest pole-winning speed in the history of NASCAR’s top series.

Joey Logano qualified second, followed by Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers and Brad Keselowski.

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