JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Brian Scott is the top qualifier for Saturday night’s Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Scott turned a lap of 177.807 mph to earn his second pole of the season and No. 4 for his career. He won his first Nationwide Series pole at Chicagoland on Sept. 17, 2011.
“Guys worked hard, we’ve got a good setup in this thing,” Scott said. “I was really happy with it in the long run, and it’s nice to have clean air here when you start up front. So hopefully everything will play into our favor and we’ll be able to go to Victory Lane.”
Scott was followed by Richard Childress Racing teammate Ty Dillon at 177.643. It will be Dillon’s 10th top-10 start of the year.
“It can be a great thing,” Scott said. “We can work together. We can get cleared off the back and hopefully work and do a little drafting in the first couple laps to get a little separation and then we can settle in and ride.”
Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Sprint Cup regular Kasey Kahne round out the top five. Kyle Larson, another Sprint Cup regular, qualified in the 12th position.
Regan Smith, who leads the series standings, got the 15th spot.
Smith also was on top of the standings when the series made its first of two stops at Chicagoland last year. Smith then slid into the infield on Lap 129 and finished 13th.