Austin Dillon combines pink with pole for Nationwide race at Kansas

Austin Dillon claimed his 10-career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole and his seventh pole start of the 2013 season at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City on Saturday with a lap time of 29.281 seconds during qualifying for Saturday afternoon’s Kansas Lottery 300. The fast lap was a new track qualifying record.

“I think it was the pink shoes,” Dillon joked after making his qualifying run. “Our car’s really fast, and with pink on our car, I think it’ll be even faster.”

Dillon and his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet are decked out in pink this weekend in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Justin Allgaier turned in a 29.338-second lap to qualify second and start on the front row alongside Dillon. Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard and Regan Smith qualified third through fifth.

“The biggest thing — (crew chief) Scott Zipadelli and the guys went to work on the car last night,” Allgaier said of the improvements to his car from Friday’s practice.

Alex Bowman was the first driver in the session to surpass the old track record. By the end of qualifying, though, Bowman wound up just outside the top-10 in 11th. In all, 11 drivers were faster than the old record.

Sprint Cup Series regulars Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch each spent time on the provisional pole around the halfway point of qualifying before Bowman took the provisional top spot. After Bowman, Allgaier held the provisional pole before the first starting position was claimed, for good, by Dillon.

Qualifying sixth through 10th were Brian Scott, Parker Kligerman, Trevor Bayne, Bread Sweet and Chris Buescher.

Forty-two drivers attempted to earn spots on the 40-car starting grid. The two drivers failing to make the race were Joey Gase and Chase Miller.

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