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Dillon claims first Nationwide pole

Brooklyn, MI (Sports Network) - A pair of rookies in the Nationwide Series will start on the front row for Saturday's Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

Austin Dillon, who was the last driver to qualify in the 43-car field, set a new track qualifying record at Michigan with a blistering lap at 190.375 mph. Dillon claimed his maiden Nationwide pole in his 24th start. The driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was the only one who topped the 190 mph mark.

Cole Whitt, who is in his inaugural year as driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, earned the outside pole with a lap at 189.708 mph.

Due to the new pavement on this two-mile racetrack, the top-20 drivers in qualifying had speeds faster than the previous track record of 186.548 mph, set by Greg Biffle in 2007.

Joey Logano will start third, followed by James Buescher and Danica Patrick. Logano has three wins in his last four Nationwide starts.

Elliott Sadler, the current points leader, Paul Menard, Justin Allgaier, Brad Keselowski and Kenny Wallace will roll off sixth through 10th, respectively.

Sadler holds a 12-point advantage over defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who will start 20th. Dillon is just two points behind Stenhouse.

The 250-mile race at Michigan is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. (ET).

06/16 13:31:25 ET


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