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RICHMOND, Va. — With a lap of 22.120 seconds, Brian Scott claimed the Coors Light Pole Award for tonight’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.
Scott earned his third career pole position with his lap, his last pole award coming in last summer’s Richmond event. Scott was the only Richard Childress Racing driver to qualify in the top-10; Ty Dillon advanced to the last round of knockout qualifying but qualified in 11th, Cale Conley qualified 17th for his third career Nationwide Series start, and series regular Brendan Gaughan qualified in 22nd.
Turner-Scott Motorsports’ Dylan Kwasniewski came up just short from earning his second pole position of the year, qualifying 33 hundredths of a second off of Scott’s pole time. Despite just missing out on the pole, Kwasniewski earned himself his second top-five starting position of his young career.
Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney also came close to earning his third career pole award, qualifying four full hundredths of a second off of the session leading time to qualify in the third position. Current points leader Chase Elliott also managed to qualify under a tenth of a second off of Scott’s pace, qualifying in fourth.
The Sprint Cup Series drivers didn’t fare as well as the Nationwide Series regulars in qualifying – Kyle Busch was the fastest Sprint Cup Series regular in qualifying with a lap of 22.326 seconds, fast enough to put himself eighth on the grid for tonight.
Generally, the eventual winner at Richmond in the Nationwide Series started from a top-five starting position – with 10 of the last 13 winners coming from the top-five. Winning from outside of the top-10 is not an impossibility, Carl Edwards was able to win the 2009 summer event from the 39th starting position while Denny Hamlin won this event in 2011 from 11th.
Top-10 Qualifiers for the ToyotaCare 250
- 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 22.120 seconds | Leader
- 31 – Dylan Kwasniewski# – Chevrolet – Turner-Scott Motorsports – 22.153 seconds | -0.033
- 22 – Ryan Blaney(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 22.160 seconds | -0.040
- 9 – Chase Elliott# – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 22.209 seconds | -0.089
- 6 – Trevor Bayne – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 22.229 seconds | -0.109
- 60 – Chris Buescher# – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 22.322 seconds | -0.202
- 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 22.322 seconds | -0.202
- 54 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 22.326 seconds | -0.206
- 5 – Kevin Harvick(i) – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 22.345 seconds | -0.225
- 01 – Landon Cassill – Chevrolet – JD Motorsports – 22.474 seconds | -0.354