Sadler Snares the NNS "Feed The Children 300" Pole Award
Elliott Sadler nailed down the pole for tonight's NASCAR Nationwide Series "Feed the Children 300" at Kentucky Speedway with a 173.734 mph (31.082 seconds) lap in his No. 2 Kevin Harvick, Inc. machine.
The Emporia, Va., driver will lead a Kentucky Speedway Nationwide Series field to a green flag for the first time 7:30 p.m. The Kevin Harvick, Inc., wheelman's second pole of the season gives him eight for his NNS career.
"The lap felt great, man. I'm really proud to get that pole for my guys, my team. We've been working so hard on getting the cars better each and every week, working on communication. That's a great way to start the weekend by sitting on the pole, so we are really, really happy," Sadler said
Sadler, who will start the "Feed The Children 300" second in the championship standings and nine points behind leader and tonight's 11th-place qualifier Reed Sorenson, will share the front row with Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards, who earned a 2004 NASCAR Nationwide Series victory and 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the Bluegrass State.
Edwards owns four NNS pole awards this season and set the standing series Kentucky qualifying record at 181.287 mph (29.787 seconds) on June 18, 2005. He turned his best of two qualifying efforts today at 173.678 mph (31.092 seconds) and starts his No. 60 Ford Mustang on a NNS race front row for the sixth time this season. He's set to make his 17th top-10 start of the season and sixth top-10 Kentucky start in his seventh career appearance at the track.
"I think we have a really good car here tonight. I think that the fans are really in for a great show and I'm glad we'll be starting up front. It's a really, really fun racetrack and I would love to win the inaugural (Sprint Cup Series) event tomorrow night," Edwards said.
Roush Fenway racer Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., qualified third after turning a 173.511 mph (31.122 seconds) lap in his No. 6 Ford Mustang. He makes his second straight top-10 NNS start at Kentucky Speedway and his 14th through 18 races this season.
"We made a lot of changes to the car and hopefully the speed will transfer over to the race. The bumps are fun, but can also be a real challenge. I'm really glad to be starting up front and can't wait for the race tonight," he said.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Joey Logano qualified fourth with a 173.371 mph (31.147 seconds) and ended one of his two impressive NNS Kentucky streaks.
The 21 year-old from Middletown, Conn., entered today as the only driver earn three consecutive NNS pole awards and race victories at the track.
The fate of his second streak will be decided tonight when he battles a 43-driver field that includes nine Sprint Cup regulars, the most to appear in a NNS race at the track. In all four of the top six "Feed The Children 300" qualifiers, Edwards, Logano, Stenhouse, Jr., and Kevin Harvick have taken previous Kentucky Speedway victories.
Tickets for tonight's race are still available and on sale at speedway gates..
Story by Jeff Hibbs and Mike Schmaltz
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