Wet track conditions throughout NASCAR Nationwide Series practice on Friday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International made for a qualifying order on Saturday morning that had fast cars going out throughout the qualifying session for Saturday’s Zippo 200.
“I don’t think anybody knows what we’ve got,” Joey Logano, who qualified sixth, said of the lack of dry track time on Friday.
Carl Edwards was among the drivers going out in the first of eight groups during qualifying. He turned a lap time of 72.094 seconds to claim the provisional pole and held on to the top spot most of the way through the session, until Sam Hornish Jr. went out as part of the seventh group and turned a 72.027-second lap to knock Edwards off the pole.
“We were only going to run one lap,” Hornish said soon after climbing out of his car.
He went on to say that he and his team changed their minds and decided to go with two laps after watching others make their qualifying runs.
After all eight groups completed qualifying attempts, Hornish still held ownership of the top spot, and Edwards was second to claim the front-row starting spot next to Hornish.
Paul Menard qualified third. Brad Keselowski was fourth, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five. Qualifying seventh through 10th were Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Four drivers — John Young, Ryan Ellis, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and Derek White — failed to make the race.
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