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Bowman claims another Texas pole

November 02, 2013, Staff report,

Second one this year at Texas for 20-year-old; Hornish Jr., Dillon will both start in top five

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Alex Bowman sped to his second 21 Means 21 Pole of the season Saturday, posting the fastest speed at Texas Motor Speedway in advance of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Bowman, in his No. 99 RAB Racing Toyota, posted a speed of 186.194 mph. He was the only driver to break 186 mph. His previous pole also came at Texas in the spring race.

Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. will start second and third, respectively, with speeds of 185.982 mph and 185.682 mph.

With three races to go, Hornish is eight points behind Austin Dillon for the points lead. Dillon, in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, qualified fifth (184.685 mph).

Trevor Bayne, the last driver on the track during the qualifying session, will start fourth. His best qualifying lap came in at 184.919 mph.

Rounding out the top 10 are Kyle Busch (184.622) in sixth, then Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (184.363), Regan Smith (184.162), Brian Scott (184.062) and Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner, Ty Dillon (183.786) in the No. 33 Chevrolet.

Stenhouse Jr., the two-time series champion who was promoted to the Sprint Cup level for 2013, is driving in his first Nationwide race of the season.

Morgan Shepherd failed to qualify for the 40-car field.


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