Kyle Busch turned in a lap time of 30.173 seconds at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Saturday during NASCAR Natioinwide Series qualifying for the Dollar General 300 to claim the pole starting spot. It’s Busch’s 34th-career Nationwide pole and his eighth of 2013, but his first at Chicagoland. He’ll be joined on the front row by series regular Austin Dillon.
“(Crew chief) Adam (Stevens) and the guys did a great job bringing a fast car to the race track,” Busch said.
Nationwide Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. was the 20th driver out on the track during qualifying and claimed what was, at that time, the provisional pole spot. He was knocked from atop the scoring pylon by Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano. With Logano on the provisional pole and Hornish in the second provisional spot, Penske Racing had a hold on the top-two qualifying spots until Busch made his attempt.
After Busch went out and claimed the provisional pole that would eventually become the official pole, he, Logano and Hornish were the top-three for the remainder of the qualifying session until Dillon, the 43rd and last driver to make a qualifying attempt, moved into second to drop the Penske teammates each back a spot to third and fourth.
Dillon looked to be on his way to taking the pole from Busch until he got to turns three and four.
“It’s really slimy out there — just slick,” Dillon said. “(Turns) one and two was perfect — lost time in three and four.”
Parker Kligerman was fifth. Qualifying sixth through 10th were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott Sadler, Alex Bowman, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Brian Vickers.
Kenny Wallace qualified just outside the top-10 in 11th for his 900th-career start across NASCAR’s three national divisions (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck.”
“NASCAR is a love and passion of mine,” Wallace said, commenting on his long racing career.
Jeff Green will bring up the rear in 40th, getting in on the past champion’s provisional after having his qualifying time disallowed. Three drivers failed to make the race — Josh Wise, Carl Long and Morgan Shepherd.