Amazingly, the qualifying rounds for tomorrow’s big race at Talledega went off without incident, despite a wild session and some debris on the track at the end of round 2, which never caused the drivers to stop although a red flag did go up. However, the biggest surprise of the day came when Childress Racing (and its allied teams Joe Falk and Circle Sport Racing) took every position from 1-6 on the grid, beginning with Brian Scott, who earned his first pole in 6 career starts. Scott earned the honor by driving his No. Whitetail Chevy SS for a lap in 48.293 second at 198.290 mph. His highest previous start position was number 12 in the Daytona 500.
Starting in the top 10 positions along with Scott will be Paul Menard, followed by A.J. Allendinger, Austin Dillon, Casey Mears, Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Carl Edward. The back of the pack will feature Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr., after both of their cars failed the qualifying inspections, and thus had their times disallowed. Drivers who did not make the cut included Dave Blaney, Eric McClure, Joe Nemechek and JJ Yeley.
Live coverage of the race will begin at 12:30pm ET on Fox TV.