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Ty Dillon lands first Nationwide pole

March 08, 2014, Staff report,

Rookie edges Keselowski, claims Coors Light Pole Award

RELATED: NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying results

Rookie Ty Dillon stormed to his first Coors Light Pole Award in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday, topping the qualifying chart at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Dillon, driving the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, turned a fast lap of 182.278 mph around the 1.5-mile track. He'll start first in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2), the third race of the season for the series.

Brad Keselowski, the Nationwide pole winner the previous weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, was second-fastest at 181.702 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Larson and Brian Scott -- all in Chevrolets -- completed the top five in the series' first full, rain-unaffected qualifying session using the three-round, multicar format that debuted this season.

Matt Crafton turned in a dramatic, last-second qualifying pass in the 10-minute second round to place himself in the final group of 12. His lap bumped Elliott Sadler out of the final, five-minute session. The reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion didn't fare as well in the final group, managing just the 11th starting position for his fourth career Nationwide Series start.

J.J. Yeley was 25th-fastest and the first driver cut after the first, 25-minute round.


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