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Dillon wins pole for Kentucky race

June 28, 2013, Staff report,

Austin Dillon earns fifth pole in six weeks | Qualifying results

Defending race-winner Austin Dillon took his qualifying laps with several drivers yet to hit the track, but with a speed of 175.758 mph, he held onto the Coors Light Pole for Friday night’s Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway.


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Dillon, who has yet to win this season but won four consecutive poles before having his streak snapped last week at Road America, ran the loop in 30.724 seconds. It was his eighth career pole.

Travis Pastrana was next fastest at 173.673, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. (173.466), Trevor Bayne (173.388), and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch (173.383).

Points leader Regan Smith was 14th (171.876), while reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski qualified at a disappointing 19th. Keselowski was nearly a full second off Dillon’s pace at 31.702 seconds (170.336 mph).

Smith has a 28-point lead over Justin Allgaier, who is seventh on the grid.

Also in the top 10 are Elliott Sadler (sixth), Matt Crafton (eighth), Cole Whitt (ninth) and Alex Bowman (10th).

Crafton, the points leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is make the first Nationwide Series start of his career.