Speed demons: Qualifying records at every NASCAR Sprint Cup track
23. Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Larson, 96.524 mph, June 27, 2015
Although he ultimately didn’t win the pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, Kyle Larson set the track record for Sonoma Raceway in 2015 with a lap of 96.524 miles per hour in the first round of qualifying.
Marcos Ambrose, who since has left the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to return to his native Australia, loved New York, too, after getting around The Glen road course faster than anyone else in NASCAR history.
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20. Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch, 129.535 mph, March 15, 2013
Kyle Busch celebrates the pole he won at Bristol in record-setting fashion.
Getty ImagesKevin C. Cox
19. Richmond International Raceway, Jeff Gordon, 130.599 mph, Sept. 6, 2013
Gordon poses with Miss Coors Light -- and his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team -- at Richmond in September of 2013.
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18. New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski, 140.598 mph, Sept. 19, 2014
Keselowski shines on pit road after setting the lap-speed record at New Hampshire last September.
Logano celebrates winning the pole after scorching Chicagoland in record time in September of 2013.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesJeff Zelevansky
8. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon, 194.679 mph, March 6, 2015
In his final season of competition, Jeff Gordon took the pole for the 2015 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a record lap of 194.679 miles per hour in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
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7. Atlanta Motor Speedway, Geoffrey Bodine, 197.478 mph, Nov. 15, 1997
Geoff Bodine, driver of the QVC-sponsored car, leads the Interstate Batteries car driven by Bobby Labonte at Atlanta during the NAPA 500 in 1997. Labonte won the race, but the pole-winning speed Bodine ran in qualifying remains a track record going on 18 years later.
Getty ImagesDavid Taylor
6. Kansas Speedway, Kevin Harvick, 197.773 mph, Oct. 3, 2014
No, Harvick did not use this ride to set his record in qualifying at Kansas last October.
Getty ImagesSean Gardner
5. Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch, 198.771 mph, Oct. 9, 2014
The elder of the Busch brothers drove this No. 41 State Water Heaters Chevrolet at a record-setting pace during qualifying at Charlotte last October.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesJonathan Ferrey
4. Texas Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart, 200.111 mph, Oct. 31, 2014
Stewart cracked the 200 mph barrier in Texas last October.
Getty Images for Texas Motor SpeTodd Warshaw
3. Michigan International Speedway, Jeff Gordon, 206.558 mph, Aug. 17, 2014
Gordon celebrates with his team after a record qualifying run at MIS that left some heads shaking and the ground quaking.
Getty ImagesRobert Reiners
2. Daytona International Speedway, Bill Elliott, 210.364 mph, Feb. 15, 1987
Bill Elliott drives the No. 9 Coors Thunderbird during the 1987 Daytona 500 after his sizzling run to the pole in qualifying. He also went on to win the race.
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1. Talladega Superspeedway, Bill Elliott, 212.809 mph, April 30, 1987
Proving once and for all that he's the king of the superspeedways in NASCAR's pre-restrictor plate era, Elliott truly did live up to the billing on this sign he holds with a local beauty queen after his eye-popping record lap at Talladega.