Wallace Jr. claims first Nationwide pole

Darrell Wallace Jr. may not have had the fastest car at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Friday during practice for Saturday’s One Main Financial 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series event, but his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota picked up enough speed to post the fastest lap time of 23.091 seconds during qualifying on Saturday to claim the driver his first-career pole for only his fourth-career Nationwide race.

“Looks like I can qualify pretty good here,” Wallace said. “We’ll take it.

Kevin LePage grabbed the provisional pole early on the the session and held it for awhile before being knocked from the top spot by Mike Bliss. Bliss’ time at the top was shirt-lived, though, as he was replaced on the provisional pole with the next car to hit the track — the No. 31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet of Justin Allgaier.

Wallace was the only driver remaining in the qualifying session who was able to better Allgaier’s fast lap. As a result, Allgaier remained on the front row to claim the second starting spot next to Wallace.

Wallace’s JGR teammate, Joey Logano, qualified third, series points leader Elliott Sadler was fourth and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top-five.

Qualifying sixth through 10th were reigning series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard.

Drivers who failed to make the race include Mike Harmon, Morgan Shepherd and David Starr.

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