Brad Keselowski won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway with a lap at 126.618.
The Penske Racing driver finished second in the first round of qualifying, and easily outran the field during the second stage for his fourth pole of the season.
Jeff Gordon was second at 126.039 mph, followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson at 125.898.
The top five also included Kevin Harvick and Joey Logan, meaning the five drivers who share the series lead with three race victories this season will lead the field to the green flag on Saturday night. Clint Bowyer, one of 17 drivers with a chance to win his way into the Chase for the championship, will start sixth.