Late run gives Keselowski NNS Coors Light Pole
July 12, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Brad Keselowski ousted Kyle Busch from the top spot with less than 30 seconds remaining in NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday. Laying down a speed of 130.304 mph on his fourth attempt in the final of two rounds, Keselowski beat Busch's best effort by .083 seconds.
It's Keselowski's third series Coors Light Pole Award of the season, and he and Busch will line up 1-2 in today's Sta-Green 200 (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
Chase Elliott will start sixth, and he went from being out of the top 12 to second in the opening round with a blistering fourth lap during the opening round, ensuring he'd be in the final round with 11 other drivers.
The first round was red-flagged for approximately 11 minutes when the No. 13 of Carl Long began billowing smoke and strewing debris on the track. That occurred with 1 minute, 59 seconds remaining in the round and kept drivers such as Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler and James Buescher, who had not qualified in the top 12, waiting on pit road for it to go green again.
Neither of those three cars finished in the top 12, and therefore did not advance to the final round of qualifying. Sadler will start 16th, Buescher 17th and Dillon 19th.
The qualifying session consisted of an opening 30-minute round, followed by a 10-minute break and a final 10-minute round.