Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday morning the NASCAR Nationwide Series qualified for the EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. As you’ll recall, qualifying position is no longer a random draw. It is now based on practice speeds. The slowest come out first with the fastest cars on the track last, followed by those not locked in by owner points in the same order. This makes for many pole sitters, as well as the fastest having to wait until all entries have been out to qualify.
24 Kevin Lepage withdrew from qualifying, making it 44 entries. So, one car will have to go home. Tires were an issue at Bristol this weekend with the tires wearing out on the right side too fast and not putting rubber down onto the track. Nationwide will qualify on old tires and start the race on the old tire. There will be a competition caution on lap 25 where everyone will get the new tire.
I have to say qualifying was hard to follow, watching it on SPEED TV. They were busy doing interviews instead of telling us who was on the track and how they did. And they showed their speed, but only momentarily. I had to follow it up with live qualifying on NASCAR.com. so I had all the drivers and all their names.
22 Brad Keselowski (last years champion) was on the provisional pole until 60 Carl Edwards came out. 38 Kasey Kahne came up second. 16 Trevor Bayne sat on the pole until 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. knocked him off. 31 Justin Allgaier, the defending champion of this race, qualified third of those who are locked into the race.
03 Chris Lawson crashed in his qualifying effort and will not race later today. Sprint Cup drivers 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 20 Joey Logano and 33 Kevin Harvick were unable to knock Ricky off the pole. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will sit on the pole for the EZ Seed 300 this afternoon with a speed of 126.07 mph and 15.220 seconds. 30 Jason Leffler will start on the front row with him. And I have to say, it’s nice to see Nationwide drivers starting the Nationwide race in front. I’ll be back after the race.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for the Jeff Byrd 500 took place after Nationwide qualifying.
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