If you caught the one and only practice for the NASCAR Nationwide series race, there were a lot of unknowns for some drivers and those unknowns were qualifying later in the afternoon.
The track would be much warmer and with a lot of rubber on the track, so the conditions would be very different.
If you were going out early in qualifying it is good bet that you better hope your car is very good in race runs because this is a fast race. Track position will be key which makes qualifying very important.
It was an all Joe Gibbs Racing front row with Denny Hamlin earning the pole running a 27.94 qualifying lap in comparison to Kyle Busch who ran a 27.98. JGR was flexing their muscles during qualifying.
Brian Scott got loose during his qualifying run and spun causing damage to his right rear of his car; he would end up starting 13th.
It was the double duty drivers that paced the field early in qualifying and the first NNS regular was Justin Allgaier who qualified sixth. His teammate and series points’ leader Brad Keselowski would start third behind Busch and Hamlin.
Carl Edwards was carrying the Ford flag with his fifth place starting position for tonight’s race. Greg Biffle will start eighth in the Barker Curb Ford.
Trevor Bayne would start ninth after his lap of 28.28 seconds also Michael McDowell will start 20th.
Some interesting qualifying results were Mark Green who will start 18th. Matt Kenseth barely made it in the field as his first lap left a lot to be desired and barely made it in at 28.95.
Kenseth teammate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. once again qualified very well in 14th. He needed to qualify on time so his lap was very impressive.
The drivers going home and not racing tonight were Morgan Shepard, Johnny Chapman and Willie Allen.
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