Rookie Clint Bowyer was sensational at the Talladega Superspeedway when he earned his first career NASCAR Busch Series pole. The Richard Childress Racing driver turned a lap at 51.972 seconds to be the best of the 45 Busch cars attempting to qualify for Saturday's Aaron's 312 race.
The Reese's Chevrolet set a speed of 184.253 miles per hour around the 2.66-mile high-banked oval, the fastest track on the schedule. "It's pretty cool to only have 12 laps under your belt here and run so good," commented Bowyer.
This was Bowyer's third attempt at a pole position, his last outing was Nashville where he qualified 19th but when on to lead 104 laps in the race before being collected in a competitor's spin.
Today, the former NASCAR Modified driver showed why Childress selected him to drive this season in limited ARCA and Busch races. Childress has an eye for upcoming drivers. Bowyer shares the ride with RCR's Cup driver Kevin Harvick.
"This shows you what type of superspeedway program Richard Childress has," Bowyer expressed. "I'd like to thank our fabrication shop and our engine shop; this is their day to shine at these superspeedways and shine they did today."
ACDelco veteran driver, Ron Hornaday was second fastest with a time of 52.118 for a speed of 183.377 mph, giving RCR the sweep of the front row.
Martin Truex Jr. placed his Chance 2 Motorsports Chevrolet in the third slot with a time of 52.179 (183.522 mph) a mere 0.008 seconds ahead of Robby Gordon.
Chevy teams took the top six with Mike Bliss and Jason Leffler; respectively.
Due to the illness of Robert Pressley's dad, Mark Green filled his shoes in the ST Motorsports Taurus and gave the team a seventh grid position. "I'm really pleased with that (time)," Green said. "The Clorox team really made some good changes after practice this morning. The car really drove good."
Green added, "I appreciate the guys giving me the opportunity. We're thinking about Robert and his family, and hopefully he can come back here and race Saturday."
Post-tech inspection saw a change in the starting lineup for the FitzBradshaw Racing team as the two Chevrolets failed post-qualifying tech inspection.
Both Tim Fedewa and Casey Atwood lost their starting position and have to take provisionals.
NASCAR official stated that the team had spacers under the roof flaps "in an effort to get air to pass over the rear spoiler - and help the car cut through the air faster."
Rick Houston, NASCAR spokesman said, "The 12 and 14 both had spacers in the roof flaps that were designed to circumvent the rear spoiler. NASCAR frowns upon using a safety device to get a competitive advantage."
NASCAR may extend additional penalties at a later date.