Part-timer scores shock Talladega pole

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Sunday 4th May, 2014 - 7:01am

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Brian Scott celebrates pole at Talladega

Brian Scott celebrates pole at Talladega

Brian Scott might not run every race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but it mattered little as he took pole for the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Aboard the Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet, Scott was part of a Richard Childress Racing group of affiliated cars that took the top-six spots on the grid. The group ran together on a track where drafting is everything and despite this being just his fifth race in the premier Sprint Cup Series, he was the fastest.

Scott used a strong aerodynamic pull from Paul Menard at the tail of a long, six-car pack of the RCR pack of car in the final five-minute qualifying session.

“Who would’ve thought that, huh?” Scott said.

“We had a plan in the beginning for the seven of us to work in a line. We were able to get the right draft and right suck at the last second to get the pole and I couldn’t be more happy for everybody.”

Paul Menard will share the front row followed by AJ Allmendinger, Casey Mears, Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman. Chevrolet filled the first nine spots in qualifying.

One RCR-allied team was not as fortunate, with the Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet of Martin Truex Jr. failing a post-qualifying inspection due to height requirements. Truex, fastest in opening Sprint Cup practice Friday, will start from the rear of the 43-car field with Kasey Kahne, whose qualifying time was also disallowed when his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy was found underweight in post-qualifying inspection.

Although restrictor plate racing means qualifying is sure to have little bearing on the final results, it does affect pit stall selection. Plus teams will want to work together on the track and when they come to pit road.

After being forced to a back-up car after sustaining damage in practice, Australia’s Marcos Ambrose set the fastest time in the early part of the first segment of qualifying before having to settle for 26th.

“It didn’t quite work out for me,” said Ambrose.

“You’ve got a better chance at Vegas than you do out there doing that stuff. It’s all pretty random at how it all lines up, so it wasn’t a great day.

“Once the cars thinned out it was pretty much impossible, but we’ll learn from this one and see if we can make it better for Daytona.”

Eric McClure, J.J. Yeley, Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

VIDEO: Brian Scott takes Talladega pole

QUALIFYING: Aaron’s 499 – Talladega Superspeedway

POSĀ  Car # Driver Make Sponsor MPH Best Time Behind
1 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet Shore Lodge 198.290 48.293 Leader
2 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Richmond/Menards 197.888 48.391 –0.098
3 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Bush’s Beans 197.704 48.436 –0.143
4 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 197.370 48.518 –0.225
5 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 197.362 48.520 –0.227
6 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 197.297 48.536 –0.243
7 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 194.995 49.109 –0.816
8 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 194.393 49.261 –0.968
9 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 193.619 49.458 –1.165
10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 193.615 49.459 –1.166
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 193.486 49.492 –1.199
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 188.958 50.678 –2.385
13 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 194.963 49.117 –0.824
14 95 Michael McDowell Ford Jordan Truck Sales 194.959 49.118 –0.825
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford Logan’s Roadhouse-Gwaltney 194.911 49.130 –0.837
16 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 194.880 49.138 –0.845
17 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 194.098 49.336 –1.043
18 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 194.035 49.352 –1.059
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Pretzel 193.541 49.478 –1.185
20 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s/Valspar Reserve 193.478 49.494 –1.201
21 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 193.458 49.499 –1.206
22 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Golden Corral 190.890 50.165 –1.872
23 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 190.575 50.248 –1.955
24 83 Ryan Truex Toyota VooDoo BBQ & Grill Toyota Camry 197.913 48.385 –0.092
25 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Zest 197.908 48.386 –0.093
26 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 197.835 48.404 –0.111
27 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota PEAK Antifreeze/Motor Oil 197.806 48.411 –0.118
28 66 Michael Waltrip Toyota Blue/DEF 197.806 48.411 –0.118
29 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 197.770 48.420 –0.127
30 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 197.765 48.421 –0.128
31 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Scorpyd Crossbows 197.721 48.432 –0.139
32 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 197.443 48.500 –0.207
33 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 197.403 48.510 –0.217
34 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 197.378 48.516 –0.223
35 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Window Film Ford Fusion 197.244 48.549 –0.256
36 98 Josh Wise Ford Dogecoin/Reddit.com 197.029 48.602 –0.309
37 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy Services 196.746 48.672 –0.379
38 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 196.230 48.800 –0.507
39 34 David Ragan Ford KFC Go Cup 195.732 48.924 –0.631
40 38 David Gilliland Ford LOVE’S TRAVEL STOP 194.880 49.138 –0.845
41 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Hillman Racing 194.389 49.262 –0.969
42 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance/Thankamillionteachers.com
43 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row