For the second week in a row, Penske Racing swept the front row for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as Joey Logano claimed the pole on Saturday for the 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway with a qualifying lap time of 23.200 seconds. He’ll be joined on the front row by teammate and series points leader, Sam Hornish Jr.
“I love this race track — my favorite track,” Logano said. “I take every opportunity to race at Dover.”
Logano has won the three most recent Nationwide races at the track.
Austin Dillon qualified third, Alex Bowman fourth and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five in qualifying.
Just past the halfway point of the qualifying session, Turner Scott Motorsports had a stronghold on the provisional top-three, with Justin Allgaier on the provisional pole, Nelson Piquet Jr. in second and Kyle Larson in third. By the end of qualifying, though, all three were outside the top-10, with Allgaier in 14th, Piquet in 16th and Larson 17th.
“Our mock run yesterday was terrible, so it (the car) was way better than it was yesterday,” Larson said.
Michael Annett was the first driver to crash the TSM provisional party of front. He wound up 15th. Kevin Harvick then took the provisional pole, but then lost the spot to Mike Bliss. Hornish Jr. then spent time with his No. 12 atop the scoring pylon before eventually being knocked down a notch by his teammate, Logano.
Bliss wound up sixth in qualifying, with Brad Sweet in seventh, Harvick eighth, Parker Kligerman in ninth and Brian Scott in 10th.
Saturday afternoon’s race will start one car shy of a full field, as only 39 drivers made qualifying attempts.
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