Brian Scott, driving the No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS, earned his first career Sprint Cup Series pole at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. The full-time Nationwide Series driver will start up front for the Aaron’s 499 on Sunday after a lap of 198.290 mph (48.293 seconds). Paul Menard, in the No. 27 Richmond/Menard Chevrolet, starts on the outside pole after the second-quickest lap – 197.888 mph (48.391 seconds) – in knock-out qualifying at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
AJ Allmendinger (197.704 mph/48.436 seconds) and Casey Mears (197.370 mph/48.518 seconds) make up Row Two, while Menard’s Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon (197.362 mph/48.520 seconds) and Ryan Newman (197.297 mph/48.536 seconds) make up Row Three.
Stewart-Haas Racing took four of the next six spots in qualifying, with Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick making up the fourth row. SHR driver Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards, the lone Ford in the top 12, make up the fifth row, and Jeff Gordon and SHR owner/driver Tony Stewart make up the sixth row after three rounds of knock-out qualifying.
The Aaron’s 499 takes the green flag at noon CT on Sunday. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com.
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