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- Updated: November 4, 2016
By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor
FORT WORTH, TX – Austin Dillon will lead the field to the green flag this Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway for his third career pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Winner of the 2014 spring TMS race Joey Logano will start alongside him on the front row.
“It felt like a win,” said Dillon. “That was cool. They do a really good job here at Texas of making you feel good when you accomplish something. That is great. I don’t know about the lap. I changed my line a little bit looking at dartfish and it worked out for me. I actually thought I hurt myself because I changed my line, but it actually made me faster through (Turns) 1 and 2. I was watching (Kevin) Harvick’s line and I changed it to kind of mimic his and we went faster. Just glad our fall off was good and we get to start from the pole and have the number one pit stall.”
Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.
Logano and Harvick were the only Chase drivers in the top five. Matt Kenseth was the next highest after starting Chase driver in seventh.
Other Chase drivers:
- Carl Edwards – 9th
- Kurt Busch – 10th
- Denny Hamlin – 17th
- Jimmie Johnson – 19th
- Kyle Busch – 24th
Kyle Busch originally advanced to the second round of qualifying, but had to go to the garage because of a water leak.
“I think it is a byproduct of pounding the fence before we even completed a lap in practice,” said Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens. “In our hurry to change the motor and all the drivetrain afterwards, apparently we didn’t get the lower radiator hose completely clamped on the water neck out of the block and proceeded to dump all the water out of it on pit road after our first run. We’re going to start 24th and get after them from there.”
The race begins Sunday at 2PM ET.