Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Motors Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Motors Roundup

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Gordon breaks Michigan record

Jeff Gordon broke the Michigan International Speedway qualifying record Friday, taking the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday with a speed of 206.558 mph.

Speeds at the Brooklyn, Mich., track 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 Friday, 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.

Stewart grieving * Tony Stewart is skipping a second straight Sprint Cup race, and it is not clear when the NASCAR star might return after he struck and killed a driver at a dirt-track race in New York last weekend. …

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