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Gordon on Pole at Charlotta; Johnson to Start 10th
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon recovered from a poor practice session in the daylight to post the fastest lap once night fell at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday to capture the pole for Saturday's Sprint Cup race.

Gordon, in fourth place in the points standings, had a speed of 191.544 mph. He barely held off Carl Edwards, who will start second Saturday night after a lap of 191.455 mph.

AJ Allmendinger qualified third, followed by Mark Martin, Paul Menard and Kyle Busch.

Jimmie Johnson, the points leader who's seeking a fifth straight Sprint Cup title, will start 10th.

Gordon seemed surprised when he posted such a quick lap as he went out 23rd out of 49 cars and after sunset. Gordon was 33rd in the afternoon practice when track conditions were much different.

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