BUSCH: Sauter grabs pole at Talladega

If you're a rookie in the Busch Series, congratulations. Not even a week after rookie Shane Hmiel won his first pole and fellow rookie Scott Riggs won his first race at Nashville, Richard Childress Racing driver Johnny Sauter; also a rookie,...

If you're a rookie in the Busch Series, congratulations. Not even a week after rookie Shane Hmiel won his first pole and fellow rookie Scott Riggs won his first race at Nashville, Richard Childress Racing driver Johnny Sauter; also a rookie, grabbed the pole for this Saturday's race at Talladega.

Sauter won the pole with a top speed of 188.764 mph, a lap time of 50.730 seconds. This was his 13th Busch start.

"I knew we had a really good car coming here because obviously we were good at Daytona," stated Sauter. "We made a series of changes to the car that we felt would make it better. NASCAR changed a couple of rules and stuff that were in our favor with the chassis and stuff. I didn't think we would have a shot at the pole but hopefully it will stick up and we'll be there on Saturday."

Not only the rookies are performing well. Veteran driver and Winston Cup regular Stacy Compton qualified his ST Motorsports' Chevy second. Joe Nemechek, driving for NEMCO Motorsports, will start third. With former Busch Series Champion Jeff Green and Bobby Hamilton Jr. rounding out the top five.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Green , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Stacy Compton , Scott Riggs , Shane Hmiel
Teams Richard Childress Racing , NEMCO Motorsports