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Allgaier grabs Gateway Nationwide pole

Madison, IL (Sports Network) - Justin Allgaier will start on the pole for Saturday's 5-hour Energy 250 Nationwide Series race after posting the quickest lap in qualifying at Gateway International Raceway.

Allgaier, who hails from nearby Riverton, IL, turned a lap of 135.131 m.p.h. around the 1.25-mile oval for his second pole of the season and the third of his Nationwide career.

Colin Braun qualified Paul Menard's No.98 Ford on the outside pole. Matt DiBenedetto took the third spot, followed by Mike Bliss and Sean Caisse.

Josh Wise, Steve Wallace, Trevor Bayne, Brad Sweet and Reed Sorenson completed the top-10.

Brad Keselowski holds an insurmountable 450-point lead over Edwards with just four races to go. Keselowski mathematically can clinch his first Nationwide championship at Gateway. If he finishes the race with a 586-point lead or higher, he will wrap up the title.

Parker Kligerman qualified Keselowski's No.22 Dodge in 20th place, while Erik Darnell drove Edwards' No.60 Ford to an 11th-place result.

Keselowski, Edwards, Menard and Michael McDowell are attempting the Martinsville/Gateway combo this weekend. All four drivers will have to start from the rear of the field in the last Nationwide race held at Gateway.

Brandon McReynolds, the 19-year-old son of Larry McReynolds, a former crew chief and current NASCAR analyst for FOX and SPEED television networks, qualified 25th in his Nationwide debut. Danica Patrick will start 41st.

Willie Allen, Mark Green, Tim Schendel and Eric McClure failed to qualify.

The 250-mile race is scheduled to start shortly after 3:30 p.m. (et).

10/23 13:15:39 ET


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