Qualifying for this year's first Talladega Superspeedway race couldn't have gone any better for Hendrick Motorsports, which saw its drivers seize the top four positions on the grid with Jeff Gordon leading the way and claiming his 70th career Sprint Cup pole.

Mike Skinner, Tony Raines and Michael McDowell, while Sam Hornish Jr. will make the grid on his return to the series filling in for Robby Gordon, despite having his times disallowed for failing to pass post-race checks on the car's ride height.

1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 53.723s (Leader) 178.248mph
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 53.845s (-0.122) 177.844mph
3. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 53.856s (-0.133) 177.807mph
4. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 53.869s (-0.146) 177.765mph
5. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 53.888s (-0.165) 177.702mph
6. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 53.893s (-0.170) 177.685mph
7. #6 David Ragan Ford 53.968s (-0.245) 177.439mph
8. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 53.986s (-0.263) 177.379mph
9. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 53.989s (-0.266) 177.370mph
10. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 53.994s (-0.271) 177.353mph
11. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 53.994s (-0.271) 177.353mph
12. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 54.005s (-0.282) 177.317mph
13. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 54.046s (-0.323) 177.182mph
14. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 54.058s (-0.335) 177.143mph
15. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 54.065s (-0.342) 177.120mph
16. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 54.075s (-0.352) 177.087mph
17. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 54.079s (-0.356) 177.074mph
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 54.083s (-0.360) 177.061mph
19. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 54.092s (-0.369) 177.032mph
20. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 54.100s (-0.377) 177.005mph
21. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 54.141s (-0.418) 176.872mph
22. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 54.195s (-0.472) 176.695mph
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 54.206s (-0.483) 176.659mph
24. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 54.232s (-0.509) 176.575mph
25. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 54.249s (-0.526) 176.519mph
26. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 54.262s (-0.539) 176.477mph
27. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 54.267s (-0.544) 176.461mph
28. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 54.278s (-0.555) 176.425mph
29. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 54.295s (-0.572) 176.370mph
30. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 54.302s (-0.579) 176.347mph
31. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 54.317s (-0.594) 176.298mph
32. #97 Kevin Conway Toyota 54.349s (-0.626) 176.195mph
33. #135 Steve Park Chevrolet 54.359s (-0.636) 176.162mph
34. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 54.428s (-0.705) 175.939mph
35. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 54.469s (-0.746) 175.806mph
36. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 54.592s (-0.869) 175.410mph
37. #71 Andy Lally Ford 54.611s (-0.888) 175.349mph
38. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 54.672s (-0.949) 175.154mph
39. #34 David Gilliland Ford 54.678s (-0.955) 175.134mph
40. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 54.847s (-1.124) 174.595mph
41. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 54.949s (-1.226) 174.271mph
42. #7 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge (Times disallowed)
43. #46 Bill Elliott Chevrolet (Champion's Provisional)

Did Not Qualify

44. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 54.692s (-0.969) 175.090mph
45. #37 Tony Raines Ford 54.720s (-0.997) 175.000mph
46. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 54.770s (-1.047) 174.840mph