Today at the Auto Club Speedway Elliott Sadler posted the fastest time to earn his 16th career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole for the 16th annual TreatMyClot.com 300. With about 30 seconds left in qualifying, Sadler posted the fastest time in the final round with a 40.680 seconds, 176.991 mph. Today will be his third start in the 2014 season where he has started inside the top-10.
Matt Kenseth, who is a teammate to Sadler, will start on the outside pole after posting a fast time of 40.690 seconds, 176.948 mph. This will be Kenseth’s fourth time in 2014 to start inside the top-10. He was 0.010 seconds off of Sadler’s fastest lap. Kenseth ended up eighth and third when the first and second round ended.
Ty Dillon will start today’s race from the third position after posting a fast lap of 40.748 seconds, 176.696 mph. Dillon was just 0.068 seconds from the fastest time in the final round to start inside the top-10 for his fourth time this year. He is also the highest qualifying rookie this afternoon.
Kyle Busch was the only car who did not post a time in qualifying due to not passing tech. NASCAR did not like the wheel studs on the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota and the rear skew. He will start today’s race from the 39th spot per the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series rule book.