May 28, 2011
Stenhouse Jr. captures pole in Charlotte race
Six days after winning his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start on the pole for the Top Gear 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Stenhouse posted a lap at 186.994 mph for his second Nationwide pole of the season and the third of his career.
Last Sunday, Stenhouse held off his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Carl Edwards, during the final laps at Iowa Speedway to claim his maiden victory in the series.
Kevin Harvick earned the outside pole with a lap at 186.845 mph. Stenhouse and Harvick were the only drivers who topped the 186-mph mark.
Matt Kenseth, substituting for Trevor Bayne in Roush Fenway's No.16 Ford, qualified third, followed by Kyle Busch and Edwards.
Busch will attempt to tie Mark Martin's Nationwide record of 49 wins. Busch has won six races in NASCAR's second-tier series at Charlotte, including four of the last six.
Reed Sorenson, Sam Hornish Jr., Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler will start sixth through 10th, respectively.
Sadler currently holds a seven-point lead over Sorenson.
Former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen qualified 22nd in what will be his first Nationwide start. Raikkonen is driving the No.87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota. Last weekend, he made his NASCAR debut with a 15th-place finish in the 200-mile Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte.
Chase Miller and Charles Lewandoski failed to qualify for Saturday's race, which is scheduled to start just after 2:30 p.m. ET.