Jeff Gordon On Pole, Sterling Marlin Misses Race Due To Rain

Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IMarch 27, 2009

MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 27: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevolet, sits in his car prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody�s Fast Pain Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

When you're on you're on, Jeff Gordon proved it Friday by landing on the pole due to mother nature. Gordon was extremely fast in practice, so he may have nabbed the pole regardless, but his luck is looking great to this point in the season.

Gordon has won seven Martinsville grandfather clocks, and is now in a great position to add to his collection, not to mention snap his 41-race win-less drought this Sunday.

Because the field was set by points, Kurt Busch will start second, followed by Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards rounds out the top-five.

The person who really lost out because of the rain was Sterling Marlin. Marlin was 13th fastest in the first practice session this morning, but wasn't ever given an opportunity to show his car's speed in qualifying, and that is a shame.