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Austin Dillon tops Sprint Showdown qualifying

May 16, 2014, Staff report,

Rookie will be joined by Allmendinger on the front row for Sprint Showdown

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Austin Dillon won the pole for Friday night's Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7:15 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).

The Sprint Cup Series rookie posted a fastest lap of 194.616 mph to take the top spot.

AJ Allmendinger (194.098 mph), who won the pole for the 2012 Sprint Showdown, will join Dillon on the front row.

Rookie Kyle Larson (194.014 mph) and Clint Bowyer (193.826 mph) will comprise Row 2, while Marcos Ambrose (193.625 mph) and Paul Menard (193.126 mph) will make up Row 3. Danica Patrick (192.795 mph) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (192.623 mph) will make up Row 4.

Qualifying for the Sprint Showdown consisted of single-car runs with drivers taking two laps around the 1.5-mile track.

The Sprint Showdown consists of two 20 lap segments with an optional pit stop in between the two segments. The top two finishers in the Sprint Showdown will advance to Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race (9:10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).


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