Gordon connects, wins Charlotte pole

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 - 4:28 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – 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 Chase points, said it's been a frustrating season but that he feels better with each race.

"We knocked it out of the park tonight," said Gordon, who turned a lap at 194.308 mph to edge Kevin Harvick for his ninth pole at Charlotte.

"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," Gordon said.

Kasey Kahne, who held the pole for most of the night, will start fifth. Elk Grove's Kyle Larson, making his Sprint Cup debut in Phoenix Racing's No. 51 Chevrolet, qualified 21st.

Arrest embarrasses Kvapil – Travis Kvapil said he was embarrassed by his arrest on charges of misdemeanor assault and false imprisonment against his wife.

Kvapil, who will race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, apologized to BK Racing, NASCAR, fans and "anyone else that was impacted by Tuesday night."

"Obviously, there was a domestic situation ... with my wife (Jennifer). Regret that that happened," he said.

IndyCar – Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was released from a Houston hospital four days after fracturing his spine and breaking his right ankle in a crash on the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston.

Franchitti, who thanked fans for their support, was headed back to Indianapolis for further evaluation and eventually will have a second surgery on his ankle.

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