Austin Dillon has won his first pole award for the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Dillon has won the pole for the History 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. In doing so, he becomes the seventh different pole winner in 10 races this season. Dillon won the pole with a lap of 29.356 seconds at 183.949 mph.
Starting outside of Dillon will be Kyle Busch. Busch’s lap was just two one-hundredths of a second off of Dillon’s time. Right behind Busch is his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Brian Vickers. Dillon’s teammate, Brian Scott, also had a good qualifying run as he will start the History 300 in the fourth position. Rounding out the top five is Rookie of the Year contender, Parker Kligerman.
The main story-line in qualifying was how the championship contenders ended up. Points leader, Regan Smith, was out qualified by Sam Hornish Jr. Even though the two are only separated by three positions, it’s small things like that which can get into the mind of Smith, causing him to make minor mistakes during the race. Elliott Sadler, who’s third in points, is having a horrible weekend. Sadler hasn’t been inside of the top 10 much at all during each of the practice sessions since the NASCAR Nationwide Series arrived at the track on Thursday. He will start 20th, his worst qualifying position of the year.
Many teams will be sporting special paint schemes in honor of Memorial Day weekend. This is one of the many ways which the NASCAR Unites program has brought some different specs to each of the top three series.
Chris Buescher had a respectable run in qualifying as he will start from the 12th position in his first race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. However, his Roush-Fenway Racing teammate, Trevor Bayne, will start mid-pack in the 21st position. Bayne hasn’t performed to expectations this season as many people believed he would be contending for wins on a weekly basis. Kevin Harvick also struggled in qualifying as he will start from the 16th position.
Mike Bliss, Nelson Piquet Jr., Kevin Swindell and Dakoda Armstrong each performed well during qualifying as each earned a position inside of the top 20. Missing the race were J.J. Yeley, Brian Silas, Matt Dibenedetto and Tanner Berryhill.
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