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Gordon kicks off COT era with historic pole

Jeff Gordon hasn't been the biggest fan of the Car of Tomorrow. He's still reserving judgment despite winning the pole for Sunday's race, writes David Newton.

Updated: March 24, 2007, 6:56 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- It wasn't as historic as Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.

And it certainly didn't deserve a slogan such as: "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

But qualifying for the inaugural Car of Tomorrow race was historic in NASCAR Nextel Cup circles, Jeff Gordon said after capturing the pole on Friday.

"This is definitely a historical moment," said Gordon, who on Sunday will attempt to win his sixth race at Bristol Motor Speedway. ...

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