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Sadler continues pole-winning ways at Iowa

August 04, 2012, , NASCAR.com

Elliott Sadler set a track record during qualifying at Iowa Speedway with a lap of 23.309 seconds (135.141 mph) to win the pole for Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250.

The pole is Sadler's first since the May race at Iowa and his third in four races at the seventh-eighths-mile short track. It's also his third pole and 16th top-10 start of the season.

Darrell Wallace Jr., who finished ninth in his Nationwide Series debut at Iowa earlier this year, will start on the outside of the front row. He was the only other driver to top 135 mph with a time of 23.331 seconds (135.014 mph).

Austin Dillon will start third (23.355 seconds, 134.875 mph), his third top-10 start at Iowa Speedway. It is his 16th in 20 races this season.

Dillon heads into the race trailing Sadler by one point for the championship lead.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is going for his fourth consecutive win at Iowa, will roll off 11th.

Notes-n-Nuggets

• Elliott Sadler posted his 14th series pole in his 184th start.
• Excluding Indianapolis where the NNS competed for the first time last week, this is the fourth track record set in 2012.
• Elliott Sadler gave Richard Childress Racing its 40th series pole and second at Iowa; it is RCR's seventh of 2012, most of all teams.
• Elliott Sadler gave Chevrolet its third pole at Iowa; it is Chevy's 10th pole of 2012, most of all makes.
• Darrell Wallace Jr. (second) posted his best NNS start in his second race.
• Austin Dillon (third) matched his best Iowa start in his fourth race; he finished a track-best fourth in May.
• Jason Leffler (fourth) posted his best NNS Iowa start in his fifth race; he is making his first NNS start since Homestead last year.
• Justin Allgaier (fifth) is the only driver to start in the top 10 in all six NNS Iowa races.
• Five drivers are making their series debuts: Brett Moffitt (10th), John Blankenship (26th), Justin Jennings (34th), Scott Saunders (38th) and Dusty Davis (41st).
• Dash 4 Cash drivers: Austin Dillon (third), Sam Hornish Jr. (seventh), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (11th) and Michael Annett (17th).

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