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Jeff Gordon claims pole at Talladega

Updated: April 16, 2011, 8:42 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Jeff Gordon put himself in select company. So did Rick Hendrick.

Too bad they didn't get there a little faster.

Gordon won his 70th career pole Saturday and led a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top four spots at Talladega Superspeedway -- only the third team in NASCAR history to monopolize the first two rows for a Cup race.

Gordon turned a two-lap qualifying average of 178.248 mph for the Aaron's 499. He broke a tie for third place on the career ...

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