Brian Scott holds off Ryan Blaney to earn 3rd NNS pole of season


JOLIET, Ill. — Shortly after Richard Childress Racing teammate Paul Menard posted the fastest speed in Saturday morning’s Sprint Cup practice, teammate Brian Scott went out and earned the pole for Saturday afternoon’s Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

It was the fifth career NNS pole — and the third this season — for the 26-year-old Scott, who topped the speed chart with a run of 181.409.

What’s more, it’s Scott’s third career pole at the 1.5-mile racetrack located 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

Ryan Blaney was second-fastest at 181.190 mph, followed by Kyle Busch (181.105), Chase Elliott (180.989) and Kyle Larson (180.959).

Menard, who is competing in both the Cup and NNS races this weekend, was sixth-fastest (180.644), followed by Chris Buescher (180.084), Ty Dillon (180.018), Kevin Harvick (179.826), Aric Almirola (179.515), Regan Smith (179.259) and Dylan Kwasniewski (179.122).

Four drivers failed to qualify: Carl Long, Mike Harmon, Morgan Shepherd and John Jackson.

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