Ty Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr. on front row for Saturday night’s NNS race at Kentucky

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Ty Dillon is going to do everything he can to still potentially win the Nationwide Series championship this season.

He took a big step towards that by winning the pole for tonight’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

It’s Dillon’s second NNS pole of the season.

Dillon, who is in his first full season in the NNS series, covered the 1.5-mile banked oval at a field-best speed of 175.690 mph.

Dillon comes into tonight’s race in third place in the NNS standings, 40 points behind series leader Chase Elliott, and 22 points behind second-ranked Regan Smith.

Sam Hornish Jr., whose name is being prominently mentioned of late as a possible replacement for Marcos Ambrose at Richard Petty Motorsports for next season, was second-fastest at 175.245 mph.

Series veteran Brendan Gaughan was third-fastest at 175.097 mph, followed by Cale Conley (175.046), Brian Scott (174.853) and Chris Buescher (174.791).

Elliott Sadler, another name being bandied around for Ambrose’s Sprint Cup seat at RPM, was seventh-fastest at 174.284 mph, followed by Michael McDowell (174.070), Elliott (173.930) and Smith (173.600).

Trevor Bayne qualified and will start 11th (173.422), alongside Justin Boston (173.410).

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