Ty Dillon earns pole position for today’s Nationwide race at Kansas

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Ty Dillon has won his third pole of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season – his second in the last three races – for today’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Early in the final round of NNS qualifying, Dillon put up a lap of 183.943 mph in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet that no one else was able to eclipse.

“I really wish we could’ve got that second lap in – I got a little tight behind Chris [Buescher] getting a tow – and maybe we could’ve flirted with my brother’s [Sprint Cup rookie Austin Dillon] track record,” Ty told Fox Sports.

“That kinda made me mad. But all in all, it was an awesome lap. I’m really proud of my guys. Let’s keep rolling.”

Joining him on the front row will be Ryan Blaney, back in the NNS this weekend for Team Penske. Blaney turned in a lap of 183.686 mph in the Penske No. 22, which is seeking to retain its owner’s championship in the series.

Chris Buescher and Sprint Cup regular Kevin Harvick will make up the second row. Brian Scott and last week’s NNS winner, Kyle Busch, are in Row 3, followed by Elliott Sadler and Paul Menard in Row 4 then Kyle Larson and Brendan Gaughan in Row 5.

NNS championship leader Chase Elliott will roll off 12th today as he looks to further extend his 26-point lead over teammate Regan Smith.

Unfortunately for Smith, his tough task of catching Elliott over the final five races got a little tougher today.

During the second round of qualifying, Smith lost control going through Turns 1 and 2 and hit the wall with the rear of his No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

The damage was enough to force JRM to roll out a backup car for Smith, who will start 24th.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES AT KANSAS – Kansas Lottery 300
Qualifying Results

1. 3-Ty Dillon
2. 22-Ryan Blaney
3. 60-Chris Buescher
4. 5-Kevin Harvick
5. 2-Brian Scott
6. 54-Kyle Busch
7. 11-Elliott Sadler
8. 33-Paul Menard
9. 42-Kyle Larson
10. 62-Brendan Gaughan
11. 6-Trevor Bayne
12. 9-Chase Elliott
13. 20-Matt Kenseth
14. 16-Ryan Reed
15. 31-Dylan Kwasniewski
16. 99-James Buescher
17. 43-Dakoda Armstrong
18. 39-Ryan Sieg
19. 01-Landon Cassill
20. 25-John Wes Townley
21. 19-Mike Bliss
22. 28-J.J. Yeley
23. 44-David Starr
24. 7-Regan Smith
25. 51-Jeremy Clements
26. 98-Corey Lajoie
27. 40-Matt Dibenedetto
28. 14-Eric McClure
29. 10-Blake Koch
30. 93-Kevin Swindell
31. 4-Jeffrey Earnhardt
32. 70-Derrike Cope
33. 74-Mike Harmon
34. 29-Milka Duno
35. 72-Carl Long
36. 55-Jamie Dick
37. 52-Joey Gase
38. 23-Timmy Hill
39. 87-Jennifer Jo Cobb
40. 90-Martin Roy

DNF: 17-Tanner Berryhill, 46-Ryan Ellis, 89-Morgan Shepherd

Will Power nips Jack Harvey at finish to pace Road America practice

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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).

Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).

Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Click here to see who was fastest in the session

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IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool. The pieces tried by IndyCar during the Road America practice won’t be available during the races Saturday and Sunday at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.

Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest in the 75-minute session. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).

Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSNNBC Sports Gold).

The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.