Scott Wins Pole In Bizzare Qualifying At Talladega
Brian Scott drove to the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega on Saturday afternoon.
Scott overcame a rather reluctant group of 11 other drivers – none would take to the track until there was only time enough left for a single green-flag lap – in the final round of knockout qualifying to get the pole.
Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 45th Annual Aaron’s 499 with a lap of 48.293 seconds, 198.290 mph.
This is his first pole in five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His previous best start was 12th, in this year’s Daytona 500.
“To be able to get a pole position for the little guys Joe Falk, team owner and Circle Sport racing we are just really in a fortunate position to be part of the RCR/ECR alliance,” said Scott. “It’s the same horsepower, and same group that got the pole at Daytona in single-car qualifying. I think it speaks volumes for the shop and the effort that those guys are putting forward both under the hood and across the body of these Chevy SSs. I guess they have what it takes when it counts at these superspeedways.”
In the first round, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano posted laps of 200.574 mph and 200.171 mph, respectively. Those are the first qualifying laps faster than 200 mph at Talladega since 1987.
Paul Menard (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2014 and his fourth in 16 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
AJ Allmendinger (third) posted his third top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first in ten races this season.
For Scott, the pole represented his first top-10 qualifying spot of the year.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Scott said. “Normally as a rookie you don’t come into this Sprint Cup Series and expect to get on the pole. But it just happened. Like I said it’s really just situational luck when it comes to this group qualifying at the superspeedways. It’s really rare that I can come in here and say I actually feel like I have more experience than at Cup guy at something and this group qualifying on the superspeedways I feel like I have more experience than the Cup guys.
“We did it in the Nationwide Series for one session at Daytona and then we did it in the Nationwide Series for all three sessions yesterday. I felt like I knew how it was going to work and I knew that when we started that last session it was going to be a waiting game. Who was going to get impatient first or panic first was going to head out there and then it was going to be game on and you were going to get one or maybe two laps. Like I said really it just worked out. Some guys got impatient even coming to what ended up being our good lap and passed us. The more cars you have in front of you they just punch a bigger hole there. They were two-by-two and we just had a good run that whole lap.”
The cars of Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne will both be sent to the rear of the field for the start of Sunday’s race. Kahne’s Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was determined to be in violation of weight rules in post-qualifying inpsection, and Truex’s Furniture Row Racing was found to be in violation of ride-height rules.
“Basically we had a malfunction with a ballast container,” Kenny Francis, Kahne’s crew chief, said. “The cap that holds the ballast in came out. It could be mechanical or human error we are not really sure what happened. At the end of the day 25 pounds of ballast came out and we were 25 pounds light at the scales. The time was disallowed and we will have to start at the back.”
Truex said, “After positing the fastest practice speed yesterday, today’s result and infraction were disappointing to say the least. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we have a fast car for tomorrow’s race, and as we have said many times, qualifying really doesn’t mean that much here.”
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Aaron’s 499
Saturday, May 03, 2014
1. (33) Brian Scott(i), Chevrolet, 198.290 mph.
2. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 197.888 mph.
3. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 197.704 mph.
4. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 197.370 mph.
5. (3) Austin Dillon #, Chevrolet, 197.362 mph.
6. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 197.297 mph.
7. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 194.995 mph.
8. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 194.393 mph.
9. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 193.619 mph.
10. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 193.615 mph.
11. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 193.486 mph.
12. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 188.958 mph.
13. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 194.963 mph.
14. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 194.959 mph.
15. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 194.911 mph.
16. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 194.880 mph.
17. (7) Michael Annett #, Chevrolet, 194.098 mph.
18. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 194.035 mph.
19. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 193.541 mph.
20. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 193.478 mph.
21. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 193.458 mph.
22. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 190.890 mph.
23. (21) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, 190.575 mph.
24. (83) Ryan Truex #, Toyota, 197.913 mph.
25. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 197.908 mph.
26. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 197.835 mph.
27. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 197.806 mph.
28. (66) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 197.806 mph.
29. (42) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 197.770 mph.
30. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 197.765 mph.
31. (26) Cole Whitt #, Toyota, 197.721 mph.
32. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 197.443 mph.
33. (23) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 197.403 mph.
34. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 197.378 mph.
35. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 197.244 mph.
36. (98) Josh Wise, Ford, 197.029 mph.
37. (32) Terry Labonte, Ford, Owner Points
38. (51) Justin Allgaier #, Chevrolet, Owner Points
39. (34) David Ragan, Ford, Owner Points
40. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points
41. (40) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points
42. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, Owner Points
43. (78) Martin Truex Jr, Chevrolet, Owner Points
4 drivers failed to qualify.
44. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 195.560 mph.
45. (87) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 194.551 mph.
46. (35) Eric McClure(i), Ford, 194.366 mph.
47. (44) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, 192.154 mph.No Comment