NEWTON, Iowa — official release — NASCAR photo — Trevor Bayne powered to the Coors Light Pole Award in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday afternoon, emerging atop the qualifying leaderboard at Iowa Speedway.
Bayne, driving the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford, turned a fast lap of 133.713 mph to secure his first pole position of the season, seventh of his Nationwide Series career and second at the 7/8-mile track. Bayne — who has gone 40 races since his last win, at Iowa in June 2013 — will take the green flag first in Saturday night’s U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), the 20th of 33 races this season.
Brad Keselowski, doing double duty after arriving fromNASCAR Sprint Cup Series activity at Pocono Raceway, survived a scrape with the wall during qualifying and was second-fastest at 133.605 mph in theTeam Penske No. 22 Ford.
Regan Smith was third-best, with Brian Scott and Michael McDowell completing the top five in qualifying. Rookie Chase Elliott, the series’ points leader, will start sixth.
Scott topped the leaderboard after the opening 25-minute round of knockout-style qualifying.Brendan Gaughan, his Richard Childress Racing teammate, was the first driver eliminated from the 12-driver cut for the last of two qualifying rounds.