Saturday, March 2, 2013

NNS Pole Report: JGR sweeps first 3 spots for Dollar General 200

Kyle Busch will start from the pole for today's Nationwide race at Phoenix. Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Three of Joe Gibbs Racing's Nationwide teams claimed the top 3 starting spots for today's Dollar General 200 Fueled By AmeriGas at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch won the pole with a lap of 133.057 mph, followed by teammates Brian Vickers in second and Matt Kenseth in third.

This is Busch's fifth pole at Phoenix and his 27th pole in the Nationwide Series. Busch has four series wins at the one-mile oval.

Rounding out the top 5 are Trevor Bayne and Justin Allgaier.

Aric Almirola, subbing in for an injured Michael Annett in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, will start 8th. Annett underwent surgery this week for a fractured and dislocated sternum following a wreck in last week's Nationwide race at Daytona. His recovery could take up to two months.

Jimmie Johnson, in a rare Nationwide appearance driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, will start 7th.

Elliott Sadler, driving the fourth JGR Toyota, will roll off the grid 15th.

The Dollar General 200 Fueled By AmeriGas ESPN2 will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m. ET today. Green flag is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. The pre-race countdown starts at 4 p.m.

Starting lineup:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Brian Vickers
3. Matt Kenseth
4. Trevor Bayne
5. Justin Allgaier
6. Austin Dillon
7. Jimmie Johnson
8. Aric Almirola
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Kevin Harvick
11. Parker Kligerman
12. Travis Pastrana
13. Regan Smith
14. Kyle Larson
15. Elliott Sadler
16. Johanna Long
17. Jamie Dick
18. Alex Bowman
19. Sam Hornish Jr.
20. Eric McClure
21. Brian Scott
22. Mike Bliss
23. Nelson Piquet Jr.
24. Hal Martin
25. Mike Wallace
26. Jeff Green
27. Jeffrey Earnhardt
28. Dexter Stacey
29. Joe Nemechek
30. Blake Koch
31. Josh Wise
32. Jason White
33. Harrison Rhodes
34. Chase Miller
35. Ryan Sieg
36. Reed Sorenson
37. Joey Gase
38. Juan Carlos Blum
39. Daryl Harr
40. Mike Harmon





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