Chase for the Sprint Cup competitors will dominate the top-five on the starting grid for the AAA 400 NASCAR Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Sunday, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading the way from the pole. Earnhardt turned in a 22.243-second lap in qualifying on Friday to claim his second pole of the season and the first of his career at Dover.
“The car had really good speed and a really good balance right off the trailer, and it felt like we were really competitive, more so than we’ve been here in the past, especially in practice,” Earnhardt said.
Earnhardt will be joined on the front row Sunday by fellow-Chaser Matt Kenseth. Kenseth qualified second with a lap time of 22.249 seconds.
“Man, this Home Depot ‘Let’s Do This’ Camry has been really fast all day,” Kenseth said. “Has a lot of speed, been a lot of fun to drive. You feel like, especially with me driving the car, we don’t get that many chances sat the pole, so I hate that we missed it by a little bit.”
Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards were third and fourth in qualifying. The fastest non-Chase driver in qualifying was Aric Almirola, who qualified fifth.
Two other Chasers qualified in the top-10, with Jimmie Johnson qualifying eighth and Kurt Busch in ninth. Other drivers qualifying in the top-10 include Brad Keselowski in sixth, Jamie McMurray in seventh and Martin Truex Jr. in 10th.
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