Alex Bowman Wins First Career NASCAR Nationwide Series Pole!

NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Alex Bowman shocked everyone when he stole the pole from Kyle Busch late in the session. He was the 44th of 45 cars to take time and was able to overtake Busch by just 36 thousandths. His best start before this was a 6th at Auto Club Speedway a couple weeks ago. Bowman came into this race 10th in the standings, 58pts behind the leader.

With Kyle Busch starting alongside, it will be an all Toyota front row at a track that Ford usually dominates. Austin Dillon qualified 3rd followed by the Penske teammates of Sam Hornish Jr. and Brad Keselowski 4th and 5th. The rest of the top ten spots were taken by Regan Smith, Kevin Harvick, Parker Kligerman, Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler. Hornish hopes to extend his points lead over Smith with another top 10 finish this weekend.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 11th in one of his rare Nationwide appearances. Other notables outside the top 10 were Kyle Larson in 12th, Brian Vickers 13th, Trevor Bayne 15th, Kasey Kahne 16th, Travis Pastrana 21st, and Johanna Long 24th.

Scott Riggs, Joey Gase, Chase Miller, Jason White and Michael McDowell are the five drivers that missed the race. Remember only 40 cars start Nationwide races, not 43 like it was in 2012. The green flag for the race will be Friday night at around 8:45pm and can be watched live on ESPN2.

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