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Dillon wins pole for History 300

May 25, 2013, Staff report,

Dillon continues season-long streak of fast qualifying runs

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Austin Dillon ruled qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series' History 300, capturing his first pole position of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


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Dillon, who has qualified second twice in the previous nine races, turned a fast lap at 183.949 mph in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. It continued his stellar performance in qualifying sessions this year -- he's started no worse than 11th all season and has a sterling average start of 4.8, including Saturday’s result.

Kyle Busch, a five-time winner in the series this season, was second-fastest at 183.817 mph. He was just ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers, who will start third in the 300-mile event (2:45 p.m. ET, ABC).

Brian Scott was fourth in another Childress Chevrolet. Parker Kligerman completed the top five in a Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

Series points leader Regan Smith was 10th-fastest in qualifying.

The session was slowed by four incidents. As the fifth driver on the track, Robert Richardson Jr. lost control in the second turn and crunched the nose of the No. 23 Chevrolet into the inside retaining wall.

Bryan Silas backed into the outside wall in Turn 2 during his second qualifying lap. As the next car out after Silas, Tanner Berryhill pancaked the right side of his No. 17 Toyota on his first lap. Travis Pastrana also looped his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford on the exit of Turn 4, avoiding contact as he slid to a stop on pit road.

Silas and Berryhill were among four drivers who failed to qualify for the 40-car field.


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