Brian Scott Lands coors Light Pole at Chicagoland
July 19, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Brian Scott stormed to the Coors Light Pole Award in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday, topping the qualifying chart at Chicagoland Speedway.
Scott, driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet, turned a fast lap of 177.807 mph around the 1.5-mile track. He'll start first in Saturday night's EnjoyIllinois.com 300 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2), the 18th race of the season for the series. It's his second pole position of the year, the second of his career at Chicagoland and his fourth overall in the Nationwide Series.
"It's a lot of fun," said Scott, one of four drivers eligible for the Nationwide Dash4Cash bonus. "Nationwide Insurance put $100,000 on the line, we've got our game faces on. We're going out there to try to win $100,000 and try to win the race. I think we've got a car capable of it. It's going to be a lot of fun racing here under the lights at Chicago. It's been a couple of years since we've done it and it should be a good show for the fans."
Scott will start alongside Childress teammate Ty Dillon, who was also fastest in the opening elimination round and second-best in the second round. Dillon managed a lap of 177.643 mph in the final, five-minute session to clinch his second front-row start of the season.
Rookie Chase Elliott was third-fastest in the JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet. Erik Jones, making his Nationwide Series debut in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, was fourth-fastest and Sprint Cup regular Kasey Kahne completed the top five in another JRM Chevy.
Brendan Gaughan scraped the Turn 4 early in the first of three rounds in knockout-style multicar qualifying. His Richard Childress Racing crew opted to fix the right-rear quarterpanel during qualifying, which will move his No. 62 Chevrolet to the back of the field for the start of the 200-lap, 300-mile race. Gaughan continued to qualify after repairs in spite of the penalty to secure a favorable pit selection and wound up ninth-best in the final session.
Matt DiBenedetto slapped the Turn 2 wall 18 minutes into the 25-minute first session and claimed the 28th starting spot. Eric McClure was 25th-fastest and the first driver cut after the opening round.