Kyle Busch claimed his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series pole of the 2013 season on Saturday with a lap time of 30.704 seconds at Atlanta Motor Speedway during qualifying for the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 to be held at the track Saturday night. It was also his fourth-career Nationwide pole at AMS.
Austin Dillon claimed second in qualifying to start Saturday night’s race alongside Busch on the front row. Trevor Bayne qualified third.
After the first eight of 40 cars made their qualifying attempts, rain halted track activity for approximately 12 minutes. When qualifying resumed, the provisional pole changed hands quickly and often.
Justin Allgaier claimed the provisional pole about midway through the session, but he quickly lost the top spot to Turner Scott Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson. For awhile, the provisional pole changed hands with each car that went out onto the race track. Larson lost the top spot to Brian Scott, who then quickly lost it to Elliott Sadler. Sam Hornish Jr. then knocked Sadler from the provisional pole and actually held the position for several minutes before Kasey Kahne took over at the top.
“Felt pretty good,” Kahne said of his qualifying lap. “Felt pretty tight around the center of the corner, so I had to back-pedal a little there.”
Kyle Busch then claimed the provisional pole and held the position for the remainder of the session. Kahne wound up fourth and Regan Smith rounded out the top-five in qualifying. Hornish was sixth, Sadler seventh, Michael Annett eighth, Brian Vickers ninth and Nelson Piquet Jr. rounded out the top-10.
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