Trevor Bayne turned in a 23.558-second/133.713 mph lap at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Saturday to claim the pole for Saturday night's US Cellular 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the track. It's his first pole of the season but the second of his career at Iowa Speedway. Bayne will share the front row with Brad Keselowski.
Brian Scott and Regan Smith were third and fourth fastest in the second of two rounds of qualifying to claim the second row spots on the starting grid. Michael McDowell rounded out the top-five in round two to start the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing entry in the fifth spot.
In the first round of qualifying, Bayne was second to Scott, who posted a fastest time of 23.649-seconds (133.198 mph) in round one.
The US Cellular 250 is the final race in the four-race Nationwide Dash 4 Cash program. As the pole sitter and as one of the four drivers eligible for the bonus in Iowa, Bayne is the highest qualifying of the four, of course. Scott and Smith is also among the drivers eligible. The only driver eligible for the Iowa bonus who qualified outside the top-five was Ty Dillon, who failed to advance to the second round of qualifying. Dillon will start 15th Saturday night.
Other drivers who advanced to the final round and claimed spots sixth through 12 on the starting grid were Chase Elliott, Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, Chris Buescher, Josh Berry, Ryan Reed and Chase Pistone. The Iowa race will be the Nationwide Series debut for Berry, driver of the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Forty drivers, the exact number needed for a full Nationwide Series race field, made qualifying attempts, so the race will begin with a full field and all who attempted to qualify will get a spot on the starting grid.