Dillon wins Coors Light pole for Kansas Lottery 300
October 05, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Closing in on the NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead, Austin Dillon won his seventh Coors Light Pole of the season Saturday at Kansas Speedway.
Dillon was one of 11 drivers to break the track qualifying record in advance of the Kansas Lottery 300 scheduled for later in the day (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). His top speed of 184.420 mph broke Joey Logano's 2012 mark of 182.891.
In the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -- sporting a pink paint scheme this week -- Dillon will start on the front row with Justin Allgaier, who turned a lap at 184.062 mph in his No. 31 Chevrolet.
Dillon trails points leader Sam Hornish Jr. by four points with five races remaining. Hornish qualified 15th in his No. 12 Ford for Penske Racing.
Elliott Sadler (183.530), Paul Menard (183.355) and Regan Smith (183.337) all qualified in the top five. Sadler is third in the standings and 42 points behind Hornish, and Smith is in fourth place and 43 points out of the lead.
Filling out the top 10 in qualfying were Brian Scott (183.281), Parker Kligerman (183.206), Trevor Bayne (183.082), Brad Sweet (183.038) and Chris Buescher (182.989).
Kyle Busch -- who needed a backup car after wrecking during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice -- will move to the back of the field for the Nationwide Series race, too. The team swapped engines in his No. 54 Toyota before qualifying, where Busch came in 12th on the grid.
Other Sprint Cup regulars qualifying outside of the top 20 included Brad Keselowski (13th) and Matt Kenseth (17th).
Joey Gase and Chase Miller failed to qualify for the 40-car field.