After two practice sessions on Thursday the NASCAR Nationwide series on Friday had qualifying for the Aaron’s 312.
The earlier you went out the less of a benefit it seemed on Friday. Every driver ran two laps because it takes at least one lap to get up to speed.
The pole was won by Kevin Harvick.
It is tracks like Talladega where the engine guys get all the glory. It is about getting as much horsepower as you can, so you can hold it wide open.
In the end it was Chevrolet that took the top spot. Not far behind was JR Motorsports driver and ARCA star Steve Arpin. He ran a lap of 51.72 seconds, good enough to start fourth Saturday.
The next Chevy was James Buescher, whose 51.96 second lap was good enough for spot 12th.
The only two Dodges in the field in Penske Racing will start right by each other. Justin Allgaier qualified just outside the top 10 in 18th and Brad Keselowski in 23rd.
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano both will start in the top 10. Busch will start 11th and Logano will be 15th.
Once again Carl Edwards led the Ford’s starting second. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. who had to qualify on time once again put his car in top three, in third.
Not so surprising was Paul Menard who has been bringing home solid top 10 runs every week, he starts eighth.
Qualifying at restrictor plate tracks only is important for your pit stalls, because by turn one you could be shuffled back or forward all depends on which line has a better run.
Some notable qualifying results were Shelby Howard, he qualified fifth. Bobby Gerhart qualified 14th and Trevor Bayne, 39th. An impressive Brian Keselowski qualified 10th; just behind Parker Klingerman who will start ninth.
The Aaron’s 312 is Saturday at 2:30ET on ABC.