NNS: Elliott Sadler wins second pole of season at Iowa

May 19, 2012 No Comments

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Elliott Sadler once again finds himself on the pole position for a race at Iowa Speedway.

With a lap of 23.523 seconds/133.911 mph Sadler was the fastest of all 43 cars that are entered at Iowa for the Sunday race. This is the second time that Sadler has sat on the pole this season. It is also the second time that he has sat on the pole at Iowa Speedway.

“Anytime you can sit on a pole anywhere you can feel good about yourself and your race team,” Sadler said after his two qualifying laps. “I feel really good about my guys, we came here and sat on the pole last fall and ran pretty well.”

Sadler is currently second in the points, his last pole came earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

During qualifying, the drivers had to deal with a wind that swept the drivers off of turn two and blew them into three which Sadler said affected his lap.

“The wind blew us into turn three a little harder,” Sadler said. “I had to make adjustments on my second lap because of that. The way this track is built kind of down in a hole, it effects the stands more than it does for us here on the racetrack.”

Qualifying in second place was Sam Hornish Jr. who had the fastest time in practice, and said that his entry into three effected his qualifying lap.

“I decided to drive it into the wall there in three,” Hornish Jr. said after qualifying. “I had to check-up and when the laps are only separated by a tenth or so that is what hurt my lap. I got mad and tried to drive harder the second lap, but because of that I went slower.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won both Iowa events last season qualified in third. Joe Gibbs Racing took the fourth position with Michael McDowell. Justin Allgaier qualified in fifth.

Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 lineup:

  1. Elliott Sadler
  2. Sam Hornish Jr.
  3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  4. Michael McDowell
  5. Justin Allgaier
  6. Austin Dillon
  7. Brian Scott
  8. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  9. Danica Patrick
  10. Parker Kligerman
  11. Steve Arpin
  12. Cole Whitt
  13. Brendan Gaughan
  14. Casey Roderick
  15. Travis Pastrana
  16. Tayler Malsam
  17. Jeremy Clements
  18. Michael Annett
  19. Johanna Long
  20. Brad Sweet
  21. Timmy Hill
  22. Jeff Green
  23. Charles Lewandoski
  24. Jason Bowles
  25. Matt Carter
  26. Mike Wallace
  27. T.J. Bell
  28. Morgan Shepherd
  29. Jamie Dick
  30. Kevin Lepage
  31. Drew Herring
  32. Josh Richards
  33. Erik Darnell
  34. Joey Gase
  35. Chase Miller
  36. Daryl Harr
  37. Tim Andrews
  38. Blake Koch
  39. Tim Schendel
  40. Matt Frahm
  41. John Jackson
  42. Mike Harmon
  43. Michael Guerity


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