TMS Media Relations | Nov 01, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (November 1, 2014) – Penske Racing’s Joey Logano earned the NASCAR Nationwide Series pole for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge during Saturday’s Pinnacle Propane Qualifying Days at Texas Motor Speedway.
Logano (No. 22 Discount Tire Ford) won the pole with a lap of 186.981 miles per hour in the third and final round of knock-out qualifying to determine the 40-car field. The pole was Logano’s third of the season, 26th of his career and second at Texas Motor Speedway. He also won the pole in the spring O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 of 2010.
Trevor Bayne (No. 6 AdvoCare Ford) gave Ford a sweep of the front row as he will start alongside Logano courtesy of his lap of 186.419 mph. It is his third front-row start of the season.
Chevrolet claimed the second row with Austin Dillon (No. 33 Grainger Chevrolet) at 186.136 mph and Brian Scott (No. 2 Country Bob’s Sauce Chevrolet) at 186.091, respectively. Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Snap-On Ford) rounded out the top five as the top Ford with a lap of 186.021.
Local products and cousins Chris and James Buescher also will be in the starting field for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Prosper’s Chris Buescher (No. 60 Bit O Honey Ford) will start 15th with his lap of 183.968 mph and Plano’s James Buescher (No. 99 Rheem Toyota), the 2012 Camping World Truck Series champion, will start 28th following his top lap of 179.277 mph.
Elliott Sadler (No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota) was taken ill during qualifying and replaced by Clint Bowyer during the session. Sadler, who qualified 17th, is planning to start the race and then have Bowyer take over on the first pit stop, allowing him to gain Nationwide Series driver championship points.
The 200-lap, 300-mile O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will begin at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast live on ESPN rather than originally scheduled ESPN2. The race also will be broadcast live on radio – PRN nationally and KRLD-FM 105.3 FM The Fan locally.
Tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge are at the Gate 4 ticket booth.
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