Brian Scott turned in a lap time of 30.370 seconds (177.807 mph) Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Saturday to claim the pole for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 NASCAR Nationwide race to the be held at the track Saturday night. It's his fourth-career pole.
Scott will share the second row with Ty Dillon. Chase Elliott qualified third and will share the second row with Erik Jones, who will make his first-career Nationwide Series start from the fourth position.
Scott also posted the fastest lap time in the second of the three qualifying rounds. His top lap in round two clocked in a 177.212 mph/30.472 seconds. Dillon was second to Scott in the second round of qualifying, while Jones was third.
Dillon was tops in round one with a 30.408-second (177.585 mph) lap. Elliott was second and Cale Conley third in round one.
In the third and final round, which set the top-12 of the starting grid, Kasey Kahne was fifth, Sam Hornish Jr. sixth, Elliott Sadler, seventh, Ryan Blaney eighth, Brendan Gaughan ninth, Conley 10th, Trevor Bayne 11th and Kyle Larson 12th.
Series points leader and Dash 4 Cash-eligible driver Regan Smith failed to make it past the second round. He'll start 15th Saturday night. Pole sitter Scott is also one of the four drivers eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus at Chicagoland. The other two drivers competing for the $100,000 bonus Saturday night are Sadler and Chris Buescher. Buescher just barely missed out on advancement to round three in qualifying and will start the race from the 13th spot.
Only 40 drivers, the exact number necessary for a full Nationwide Series race field, made qualifying attempts in the first round, so all who made qualifying attempts are expected to start the race Saturday night.