Friday, August 17, 2012

NNS Pole Report: Alex Tagliani claims pole in his hometown of Montreal

Hometown native and IndyCar veteran Alex Tagliani will make just his fourth Nationwide start from the pole position tomorrow. "Tags" lap of  96.688 mph around the 15-turns of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve knocked Sam Hornish Jr. from the pole. This is Tagliani's first pole in his NASCAR career.

Jacques Villeneuve, son of track namesake Gilles, rolls off in third and will need to redeem himself following Road America. Keep an eye on him tomorrow!

Looking at the points leaders: Elliott Sadler will start in 17, while second place driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. starts one position ahead. Sam Hornish, third in points, has the best starting position of the points contenders.

The startling lineup for the NAPA Auto Parts 200:

  1. Alex Tagliani
  2. Sam Hornish Jr.
  3. Jacques Villeneuve
  4. Danica Patrick
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Michael McDowell
  7. Cole Whitt
  8. Ron Fellows
  9. Billy Johnson
  10. Brian Scott
  11. Brendan Gaughan
  12. Andrew Ranger
  13. Patrick Carpentier
  14. Eric Curran
  15. Justin Allgaier
  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  17. Elliott Sadler
  18. Jason Bowles
  19. Austin Dillon
  20. Alex Kennedy
  21. Brad Sweet
  22. Mike Wallace
  23. Mike Bliss
  24. Chris Cook
  25. Jeff Green
  26. Jeremy Clements
  27. Kyle Kelley
  28. Kenny Habul
  29. Timmy Hill
  30. Blake Koch
  31. Daryl Harr
  32. Tayler Malsam
  33. Michael Annett
  34. Eric Darnell
  35. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin
  36. Tim Andrews
  37. John Young
  38. Dexter Stacey
  39. Tony Raines
  40. Chase Miller
  41. Matt DiBenedetto
  42. Eric McClure
  43. Derek White
Failing to qualify: Ryan Ellis (No. 52)

Tune into the race on Saturday at 2pm ET on ESPN.

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