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Rookie Bowman Starts on Pole for O’Reilly Auto Parts 300

by TMS Media Relations | Apr 12, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 12, 2013) – NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Alex Bowman earned his first career pole in just his 10th career start during SportsDay Qualifying Day Powered by The Dallas Morning News. Bowman (No. 99 SchoolTipLine.com Toyota) posted the fastest lap of the 45 drivers with a qualifying speed of 183.418 miles per hour for tonight’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.

Bowman, 19 from Tucson, Ariz., becomes just the third rookie driver to qualify on the pole at Texas Motor Speedway. He joins David Ragan (2007 O’Reilly 300) and Kyle Busch (2004 O’Reilly 300) as the only drivers to accomplish the feat.

“It means a lot, everybody at the shop does a great job,” Bowman said. “RAB Racing is a heck of an underrated race team, all the support we get from Toyota. Chris Rice (crew chief) does a great job, it all counts. Feels real good to get SchoolTipLine that first week. We said we were going to end up in Victory Lane so we did it at least part of the way, so we have got to end up there later too.”

Bowman edged out five-time Texas Motor Speedway winner Kyle Busch (No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota), who held the top spot with a speed of 183.187 miles per hour before being knocked off.

Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon (No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet) qualified third with a speed of 183.156 miles per hour, followed by NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford) and Brad Keselowski (No. 22 Discount Tire Ford) to round out the top five.

Regan Smith (No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet), who was fastest in both Nationwide Series practices, qualified sixth. Five-time Nationwide Series winner Kevin Harvick (No. 33 Hunt Brothers Chevrolet) starts seventh and fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet) starts 11th.

Tickets are available for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling the TMS ticket office at (817) 215-8500.

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Texas Motor Speedway

17th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300

Provided by NASCAR Statistics- Fri, April 12, 2013 @ 06:14 PM Eastern

Driver Date Time Speed
Track Race Record: Kyle Busch 04/05/08 01:58:39 151.707

 

Car Pos Driver Hometown Team Owner
1 28 Mike Wallace St. Louis, MO G&K Services Chevrolet Johnny Davis
2 20 Brian Scott Boise, ID Husky Liners Chevrolet Richard Childress
3 3 Austin Dillon Welcome, NC AdvoCare Chevrolet Richard Childress
4 26 Landon Cassill(i) Fairfax, IA FlexSeal Chevrolet Gene Vess
5 16 Kasey Kahne(i) Enumclaw, WA Great Clips Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
6 15 Trevor Bayne Knoxville, TN Cargill Ford Jack Roush
7 6 Regan Smith Cato, NY TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet Kelly Earnhardt-Miller
10 29 Jeff Green Owensboro, KY TriStar Motorsports / Radisson Toyota Mark Smith
11 10 Elliott Sadler Emporia, VA OneMain Financial Toyota J.D. Gibbs
12 4 Sam Hornish Jr. Defiance, OH Alliance Truck Parts Ford Roger Penske
14 37 Eric McClure Chilhowie, VA Hefty / Reynolds / Kroger / Radisson Toyota Mark Smith
15 39 Juan Carlos Blum # Guadalajara, MEX VMP Nutrition Ford Rick Ware
16 23 Chris Buescher Prosper, TX Ford EcoBoost Ford Jack Roush
18 9 Matt Kenseth(i) Cambridge, WI RESERS Toyota Joe Gibbs
19 18 Mike Bliss Milwaukie, OR TriStar Motorsports / Radisson Toyota Mark Smith
20 13 Brian Vickers Thomasville, NC Dollar General Toyota Joe Gibbs
22 5 Brad Keselowski(i) Rochester Hills,  Discount Tire Ford Roger Penske
23 38 Robert Richardson Jr. McKinney, TX Willbros.com Chevrolet Robert Richardson, Sr
24 35 Blake Koch West Palm Beach,  Compassion International Toyota Jason Sciavicco
30 19 Nelson Piquet Jr. # Brasilia, BRA WORX Yard Tools Chevrolet Harry Scott, Jr.
31 14 Justin Allgaier Riverton, IL Brandt Chevrolet Sandra Turner
32 12 Kyle Larson # Elk Grove, CA Cessna / Bell Helicopter Chevrolet Harry Scott, Jr.
33 7 Kevin Harvick(i) Bakersfield, CA Hunt Brothers Chevrolet Richard Childress
40 33 Josh Wise Riverside, CA Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet Curtis Key
42 40 JJ Yeley(i) Phoenix, AZ Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet Curtis Key
43 25 Reed Sorenson Peachtree City,  Pilot Ford Richard Petty
44 32 Hal Martin # Galliano, LA American Custom Yachts / Radisson Toyota Mark Smith
51 22 Jeremy Clements Spartanburg, SC ETS Oil Field Services Chevrolet Tony Clements
54 2 Kyle Busch(i) Las Vegas, NV Monster Energy Toyota J.D. Gibbs
55 31 Jamie Dick El Paso, TX VIVA Auto Group Chevrolet Jimmy Dick
60 21 Travis Pastrana Annapolis, MD Roush Fenway Racing Mustangs Ford Jack Roush
70 24 Johanna Long Pensacola, FL ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevrolet Mary Louise Miller
74 34 Kevin Lepage Shelburne, VT Carved Records Chevrolet Mike Harmon
77 8 Parker Kligerman Westport, CT Camp Horsin' Around / Bandit Chippers Toyota Kyle Busch
79 36 Jeffrey Earnhardt # Mooresville, NC Uponor / Nuts Off Ford Archie St. Hilaire
87 27 Joe Nemechek Lakeland, FL AM/FMEnergyWood & PlltStoves/SWM Toyota Andrea Nemechek
88 11 Dale Earnhardt Jr.(I) Kannapolis, NC Hellmann's Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Jr
92 30 Dexter Stacey # Kahnawake, CAN Maddie's Place Ford Kristin Hamelin
98 17 Kevin Swindell # Germantown, TN Carroll Shelby Engines Ford Mike Curb
99 1 Alex Bowman # Tucson, AZ SchoolTipLine.com Toyota Robby Benton

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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