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Hornish Jr. wins Coors Light Pole at Kentucky

September 21, 2013, Staff report,

Blaney qualifies second, Dillon third

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SPARTA, Ky. -- Drivers hoping to gain ground on NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. will have some work to do Saturday night.

Hornish won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kentucky 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS) with his best lap speed of 179.235 mph on a sunny afternoon at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

It's the third pole of the season for Hornish, who finished ninth in the first Nationwide Series race at Kentucky in June.

Hornish was sixth in the only practice session Friday; he leads Austin Dillon by 17 points in the standings. Dillon, who was attempting to become the first driver in track history to win four consecutive pole awards, will start third on the grid in his No. 3 Chevrolet following a qualifying speed of 178.042 mph.

Joining Hornish on the front row is Ryan Blaney, making his second Nationwide Series start of the season in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford. Blaney, who pilots the car that leads the owner standings, had a best speed of 178.159 mph.

Blaney was one of three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regulars to qualify in the top 10. Matt Crafton, the series points leader who led Friday's lone practice session, starts fifth on the grid in his No. 33 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. His best lap speed Saturday afternoon was 177.357 mph. Joey Coulter (176.490) will start sixth in the No. 18 Toyota.

Brian Scott completes the top five after his lap of 177.702 mph in the No. 2 Chevy put him fourth on the grid.

Rounding out the top 10: Drew Herring (176.482 mph) is seventh, followed by Travis Pastrana (176.401 mph), Justin Allgaier (176.378 mph) and Brian Vickers (176.338 mph).

Drivers haven't had much time on track this weekend due to weather. Friday's first practice, scheduled for 90 minutes, was halted at the halfway point when storms came through. The scheduled second hour-long practice was also washed out.

The track temperature was cooler Saturday than it was during Friday's session, and should continue to drop -- the temperature is expected to plummet by 20 degrees throughout the night.

Elliott Sadler, fourth in the points standings, will start 12th and Regan Smith (third in the standings) will come off the grid 14th. 

Jeb Burton, making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut,qualified 13th in the No. 34 Arrowhead Chevrolet.


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