Austin Dillon wins Coors Light pole at Iowa
June 08, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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NEWTON, Iowa -- Austin Dillon had just started his warmup lap during Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying when Brad Sweet spun out in Turn 4.
Dillon calmly steered his car back into pit road and waited for the all-clear to start over. Then the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet went out and won the Coors Light Pole Award for the third consecutive week.
The Richard Childress Racing product posted a speed of 136.737 mph in advance of Saturday night’s DuPont Pioneer 250 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). He was the only driver to top the 136-mph mark on the .875-mile oval at Iowa Speedway.
Driving the No. 12 Penske Racing Ford, Sam Hornish Jr. qualified on the front row as well, logging a best lap speed of 135.834 mph. It’s the driver’s third time qualifying second in 12 races this season.
Hornish’s speed equated to a lap of 23.190 seconds, and that was barely faster than the lap logged by Brian Scott in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Scott will start third after posting a lap time of 23.194 seconds, missing out on besting Hornish Jr.’s time by five-thousandths of a second.
Brian Vickers (135.735 mph) and series points leader Regan Smith (135.595 mph) round out the top five on the grid.
Joey Logano (135.484 mph), who made both practice sessions Friday, was at the track after practicing earlier today with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway and qualified sixth.
Rounding out the top 10 was Elliott Sadler (135.420 mph), Travis Pastrana (135.408), Drew Herring (135.274) and Kyle Larson (135.205).
Due to spinning out on his second lap, Sweet had to use his first lap speed of 134.892 mph and will start 16th.