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Brian Scott Claims Pole Position for EnjoyIllinois.com 300

Brian Scott Claims Pole Position for EnjoyIllinois.com 300

by July 19, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR

JOLIET, Ill. — As expected, Richard Childress Racing dominated qualifying for tonight’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300 with Brian Scott taking the pole with a lap of 30.370 seconds.

The driver of the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet and Dash 4 Cash competitor’s pole-winning run would provide him with his second pole of the season and the fourth pole of his career. The first pole position of his Nationwide Series career came at the Chicagoland Speedway in September of 2011.

The front row for tonight’s race from Chicagoland will be held by Scott and his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Ty Dillon. The RCR organization placed all four of their drivers in the top-10 of the starting lineup for tonight’s race – Brendan Gaughan and Cale Conley would qualify in ninth and 10th, respectively.

Joe Gibbs Racing would have a strong final round of qualifying with all three of their drivers for the weekend qualifying within the top-seven. Erik Jones – the 18-year-old making his series debut – will lead the way for his team with his fourth-place qualifying effort. Sam Hornish Jr. would qualify in the sixth position while Dash 4 Cash contender Elliott Sadler would qualify in seventh.

JR Motorsports’ trio of drivers would have an up and down qualifying session. Chase Elliott would lead the way with his third-place effort – teammate Kasey Kahne would qualify right behind Elliott in the fifth position. Dash 4 Cash contender and current points leader in the drivers’ standings, Regan Smith, would miss out of advancing to Q1 and will start 15th in tonight’s race.

The first round of qualifying would feature Dillon posting the fastest lap of the session with a lap of 30.408 seconds. Elliott would run the second-fastest lap of the session but would come up a tenth-and-a-half of a second off of Dillon’s Q1 time. The drivers who missed the cut and failed to advance to Q2 included Eric McClure (TriStar Motorsports), Dakoda Armstrong (Richard Petty Motorsports), David Starr (TriStar Motorsports), Jeffrey Earnhardt (JD Motorsports), and Tanner Berryhill (Vision Racing.)

Scott and Dillon would lead the second qualifying round with Scott running a lap of 30.472 seconds and Dillon running a lap of 30.551 seconds. Notable drivers who missed the cut after the second round of qualifying were Dash 4 Cash contender Chris Buescher (Roush-Fenway Racing), Ryan Reed (Roush-Fenway Racing), James Buescher (RAB Racing), Ryan Sieg (RSS Racing), Dylan Kwasniewski (Turner Scott Motorsports), John Wes Townley (Athenian Motorsports), and Smith.

The pole-sitter at Chicagoland has only went on to the win the race once in the Nationwide Series – Kyle Busch accomplished the feat in last year’s September race. The last 12 Nationwide Series winners at the Chicagoland Speedway have been won from a top-15 starting spot. The average starting position over the last 10 series races at the mile-and-a-half oval is 7.2.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300

  1. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 30.370 | Leader
  2. 3 – Ty Dillon# – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 30.398 | -0.028
  3. 9 – Chase Elliott# – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 30.443 | -0.073
  4. 20 – Erik Jones(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 30.453 | -0.083
  5. 5 – Kasey Kahne(i) – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 30.485 | -0.115
  6. 54 – Sam Hornish Jr. – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 30.493 | -0.123
  7. 11 – Elliott Sadler – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 30.503 | -0.133
  8. 22 – Ryan Blaney(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 30.550 | -0.180
  9. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 30.575 | -0.205
  10. 33 – Cale Conley(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 30.625 | -0.255

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Nationwide Series points.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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