Austin Dillon Wins Pole for the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas

By Joseph Wolkin
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Dillon‘s incredible qualifying skills have been shown once again. Dillon, driving a hot pink Advocare Chevrolet, will start on the pole for the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday afternoon.

Dillon’s lap time of 29.281 seconds edged out Justin Allgaier for the top starting spot at the Kansas Speedway. It’s Dillon’s seventh pole of the year which is second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series behind Kyle Busch, who has eight. However, Dillon does lead all of the NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars in poles. He’s attempting to catch Sam Hornish Jr. for the points lead as he’s just four points back.

Hornish had one of his worst qualifying runs of the year at Kansas as he’ll start 15th in his No. 12 Ford Mustang for Penske Racing. Also having poor runs were the Joe Gibbs Racing pair of Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth, who will start 16th and 17th, respectively. Their teammate, Elliott Sadler, will start third in his No. 11 Toyota. Sadler is third in points and is still looking for his first win of the season after finishing second in points for the last two seasons.

Surprisingly, with the exception of Paul Menard in fourth, none of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars qualifying inside of the top 10. Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski had horrible qualifying runs, well at least on their standards. The two teams are battling for the owners points championship and will start 12th and 13th.

Ryan Sieg returns to the Nationwide Series at Kansas this weekend. Sieg filled in for Jeremy Clements earlier in the season when he was suspended and will start 22nd this weekend. James Buescher, the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will start 25th, making just his third Nationwide Series start of the season.

Joey Gase and Chase Miller were the only drivers to miss the race.

Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.

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