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Drew Herring wins first pole at Iowa

August 03, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Drew Herring wins first pole at Iowa
Points leader Dillon to start eighth, runner-up Smith in front row

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NEWTON, Iowa -- Stop us if you've this before. The No. 54 car is dominating the NASCAR Nationwide Series field.

Only this time, it's Drew Herring behind the wheel.

Herring earned the first pole of his NASCAR career on Saturday at Iowa Speedway ahead of the U.S. Cellular 250, making the 0.875 mile loop in 23.270 seconds with a best speed of 135.367 mph.

Regan Smith will start alongside Herring, placing second with a speed of 134.909 mph. Alex Bowman (134.823 mph), Brian Scott (134.667 mph) and Brad Keselowski (134.656 mph) round out the top five.

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Keselowski, who yesterday qualified 11th for tomorrow's Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, had a time of 23.393 seconds.

Trevor Bayne, who won here in June, qualified seventh, while points leader Austin Dillon, who took both of the weekend's practices, pulled into pit road eighth on the chart. He took the pole for the track's earlier race in record-setting fashion, but finished second after giving way to Bayne late.

Defending race-winner Elliott Sadler (133.900 mph) was 10th, X Games star Travis Pastrana (133.559 mph) was 15th and Drive for Diversity participant Ryan Gifford, making his Nationwide debut, qualified in 23rd with a time of 23.835.

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