Austin Dillon to Start on Pole For the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover

By Joseph Wolkin
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Dillon will be leading the NASCAR Nationwide Series to the green flag for the second straight weekend. Dillon has won the pole for the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover after clocking in a lap time of 23.537 seconds at 152.951 mph. It’s the first time in his NASCAR Nationwide Series career that he’s won back-to-back pole awards.

Starting outside of Dillon will be Sam Hornish Jr. who barely missed winning the pole award by less than two one-hundredths of a second. It should give Hornish a bit of confidence entering the race after having a shot to win at Charlotte last weekend until he had trouble late in the race.

Last weekend’s winner, Kyle Busch, who notably won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday afternoon at Dover, will start in the third position as he looks to continue his dominance. Busch has been basically unstoppable this season in the Nationwide Series. He’s won six of the nine races he’s competed in and he’s led in each race. This is Busch’s worst qualifying effort since Bristol in March, where he started 13th and he ended up winning that race.

The highest starting rookie will once again be Alex Bowman. Bowman’s qualifying efforts have been fantastic this year. With a track that doesn’t focus highly on horsepower, he may be able to stay upfront throughout the race. Championship series points leader, Regan Smith, will start seventh at Dover as he looks to extend his lead on Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier, who qualified 13th. The other contender in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship battle, Elliott Sadler, has struggled once again this weekend and will start 18th.

Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.

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