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Sadler edges Busch for Nationwide pole at Texas

November 04, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service, NASCAR.com

Elliott Sadler isn't about to abandon his hopes for a Nationwide Series title.

Trailing leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by 15 points in the battle for the series championship, Sadler put his No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet on the pole for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sadler's lap at 186.348 mph in Friday's qualifying session was .04 seconds faster than that of Kyle Busch (186.323 mph), who earned the second starting spot. Joey Logano (186.239 mph), Busch's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, will start third, one position ahead of Stenhouse (186.136 mph).

Notes-n-Nuggets

• Elliott Sadler scores his second pole at Texas Motor Speedway, tied for most (won the pole for the second of 22 Texas races in 1998).
• Kyle Busch (second) starts on the front row for the fourth time at Texas in 14 starts; he is a five-time Texas winner in the series.
• Joey Logano (third) starts in the top-10 for his ninth consecutive start this season.
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (fourth) starts in the top-10 for the fourth time in four races at Texas; Stenouse finished a Texas-best eighth in April 2011.
• Clint Bowyer (fifth) has started in the top-10 for all eight of his Nationwide races this season.
• Brad Keselowski (sixth) has finished in the top-five in his past five Texas races; he won three of the past five races on 1.5 mile tracks this season.
• Brian Scott (seventh) scores his fourth top-10 start in the past five races; his best Texas start came in his fourth race.
• Carl Edwards (eighth) won the past two Nationwide Texas races.
• Sam Hornish Jr. (ninth) starts in the top-10 for his eighth consecutive race.
• Trevor Bayne (10th) has started in the top-10 for all but six of his 27 starts in 2011.

Danica Patrick qualified 11th for her first competition since the Oct. 16 IndyCar Series finale at Las Vegas, where two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon lost his life during a 15-car accident. Patrick's car and helmet feature paint schemes honoring Wheldon.