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NNS: Bayne Claims Pole at Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa — Trevor Bayne won the Coors Light Pole Award for Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.  Bayne held off a late charge from Brad Keselowski in the final minute of knockout qualifying to capture the top spot with a lap at 133.713 mph in his No. 6 AdvoCare Ford.

Bayne has been to victory lane before at “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet,” site of his last Nationwide Series win in June 2013. History at Iowa has not always been kind to the pole sitter, as Elliott Sadler is the only driver to go to victory lane after starting from the first position.

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Keselowski, who made the trip from Pocono Raceway, site of this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, will start second after his lap of 133.605 mph in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford.  Keselowski is no stranger to Pizza Ranch victory lane at Iowa, having won the inaugural event in 2009 and this race last August.  Keselowski will be looking to tie Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who has three victories at the track.

Regan Smith earned his 13th top-10 starting spot of the 2014 season with his lap at 133.407 mph in the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet.

Brian Scott, Michael McDowell, Chase Elliott, Sam Hornish, Jr., Elliott Sadler, Chris Buescher, Josh Berry, Ryan Reed, and Chase Pistone rounded out the top-12.

Bayne, Smith (3rd), Scott (4th), and Ty Dillon (15th) will be competing for an additional $100,000 bonus in the Dash 4 Cash program, which will go to the highest finisher of the four drivers.

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Kenny Wallace, making his first Nationwide Series start of 2014, will roll off from the 19th spot.  Wallace has six starts at Iowa, with three top-10 finishes to show for his efforts.

NASCAR Countdown will kick-off prime-time coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with the green flag set to fly at 8:14 p.m. ET.  Radio coverage will be available on MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90.

Check back on our website throughout the day for updates on all of the action from Iowa Speedway.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@RubbingsRacing) and like us on Facebook for updates.

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About Brian Eberly

Brian Eberly (@beberly18) is a Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Field Accounting at a transportation company, but when he isn’t at the office you can most likely find him at a racetrack, watching a race on television, or following the action on social media. Eberly became interested in NASCAR in the nineties when Jeff Gordon was dominating the scene, and became hooked when he attended his first race with his dad in 1999 at Michigan International Speedway. Eberly has been writing about NASCAR since 2012 for various websites. An Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate, Eberly travels throughout the Midwest covering racing events in multiple series. When not following racing, he can be found on the golf course (usually trying to find his golf ball) and following the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and of course the NIU Huskies.

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