NNS: Allgaier On Pole At Nashville

Justin Allgaier of Penske Racing captured the pole Saturday afternoon for Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.


His speed was 158.063 mph. It was the first pole of the season for Allgaier, who is fifth in points and was the winner of the race at Bristol in the spring.

With a couple of top Sprint Cup drivers bowing out this weekend to concentrate on their day jobs – notably Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, who are second and third in points, respectively – Nationwide-only Allgaier could make a healthy jump up in the standings.

Brad Coleman, driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car which Busch had driven to two poles and five victories in the Nationwide Series this season, was second fastest at 157.772 mph.

Trevor Bayne of Michael Waltrip Racing was third, Braun Racing’s Jason Leffler was fourth and Scott Lagasse Jr. was fifth.

Points leader Brad Keselowski – a single point ahead of Busch when the race starts – was 24th.

Carl Edwards, doing double duty this weekend, made it to Nashville from Pocono in time to qualify his own car. Edwards, fourth in points, was seventh.

Rounding out the top 10 were Mike Bliss (sixth), Scott Wimmer (eighth), Scott Riggs (ninth) and Paul Menard (10th).

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