The four-time Cup champion turned a lap of 194.679 mph -- a track record -- on a clear, warm Friday in what's likely to be his last appearance in the No. 24 Chevrolet at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The previous record, set by
Logano, this year's Daytona 500 winner, qualified second Friday in his No. 22 Ford with a lap of 194.315 mph.
"What a turnaround from last week," Gordon said, referring to how he finished 41st in Atlanta after getting collected in a multi-car crash. "It's a great way to start our weekend."
Gordon has won at Las Vegas once before, in 2001.
Elsewhere in the field,