Seeking sweep, Busch wins Nationwide pole
September 14, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Related: Qualifying results
JOLIET, Ill. -- Kyle Busch, seeking a rare weekend tripleheader sweep, won the pole position for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race, clocking a 178.968 mph lap in qualifying at Chicagoland Speedway.
The Coors Light Pole Award was Busch’s eighth of the season, 34th of his Nationwide career and first on the 1.5-mile track. His Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota will lead the 40-car field to the green flag in the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2), the 26th of 33 races for the series this season.
Busch, a nine-time winner in the Nationwide tour this season and a two-time Chicagoland winner in the series, prevailed in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and has a chance to achieve a 3-for-3 weekend sweep. Since NASCAR expanded to three national series in 1995, Busch is the only driver to win in each series in a weekend, having accomplished the feat at Bristol Motor Speedway in August 2010.
Austin Dillon was a close second in qualifying, clocking a 178.867 mph lap in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. He was followed by a pair of Penske Racing Fords that will share the second row at the green flag, Joey Logano (178.595) in third with series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. (177.328) in fourth.
Parker Kligerman, driving the No. 77 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, completed the top five. Dale Earnhardt Jr., making just his fourth Nationwide start of the season and his first since April, was sixth.
Rookie Kyle Larson, fastest in Friday’s opening practice, spun out of the Turn 2 exit during his qualifying attempt. He avoided contact with the wall, but his No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet was towed back to the garage. He’ll start 39th in Saturday’s 200-lap, 300-mile event.
Jeff Green’s qualifying time was disallowed, and he will start last in the 40-car field on a past champion’s provisional berth.