Jeff Gordon broke the Michigan International Speedway qualifying record Friday, taking the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday with a speed of 206.558 mph.
Speeds at MIS have been climbing ever since the two-mile oval was repaved before the 2012 season.
It's the 76th pole of Gordon's career and the seventh-fastest pole-winning speed in the history of NASCAR's top series.
The executive vice president of Stewart-Haas Racing says Tony Stewart is grieving _ and it will be up to the star driver to decide when he's ready to get back in the car.
Jeff Burton will drive the No. 14 car in Stewart's place in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
SHR executive VP Brett Frood says they haven't discussed any other races.