BUSCH: Menard slams to Talladega pole

Paul Menard slammed down a lap at 52.037 seconds for a top speed of 184.023 miles per hour to grab his second NASCAR Busch Series pole. The Dale Earnhardt, Inc/Menard Racing driver was the best of the Chevys at Talladega Superspeedway. "The ...

Paul Menard slammed down a lap at 52.037 seconds for a top speed of 184.023 miles per hour to grab his second NASCAR Busch Series pole. The Dale Earnhardt, Inc/Menard Racing driver was the best of the Chevys at Talladega Superspeedway.

"The Menards/Turtle Wax Chevrolet is just an awesome race car," commented the happy pole winner. "I just have to say hats off to (crew chief) Dan Stillman and all the boys at the shop for giving me a great race car. They made it look easy out there. It's got great power and a great body. That's a testament to the DEI heritage at these restrictor-plate events. We were fast right off the truck this morning."

It is Menard's second career Busch series pole award.

"We were fast right off the truck," said Menard. "We had a nice long drafting session in practice that makes us feel really good about the race on Saturday."

"Fast Joe" Nemechek missed the top spot by 0.107-seconds. He will start on the outside pole.

"We brought a brand new car here. We didn't test. It was as good as the car we had in Daytona. Not a bad qualifying effort. We didn't make that many laps. Most of them were in race trim," Nemechek said.

Rookie Denny Hamlin was a surprise with his fast third on the grid run. Defending NBS champion Martin Truex, Jr was fourth followed by Clint Bowyer.

"It was a good lap for us," said Bowyer. "We've been good since we got here, we should have something for them on Saturday."

Qualifying for Saturday's Aaron's 312 was dominated by the Chevrolet Monte Carlo teams. Kasey Kahne took to the 2.66-mile oval first in a line of 47 possible attempts; he stopped a top ten Chevy sweep in the Hungry Driver's Racing Dodge Charger earning the ninth grid position.

Four drivers failed to make the field: Greg Sacks, Ryan Hemphill, Geoffrey Bodine and Donnie Neuenberger.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Geoffrey Bodine , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard , Ryan Hemphill , Donnie Neuenberger , Greg Sacks , Denny Hamlin