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Earnhardt Jr. wins Atlanta Nationwide pole

by Pete McCole
Saturday, September 05, 2009

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole in five years on Saturday, topping the field to claim the top spot for Saturday night's Degree V12 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In only his seventh Nationwide Series start of the season, Earnhardt clicked off a lap of 174.121 mph in the no. 5 Chevrolet sponsored by the races' title sponsor, beating out Kevin Harvick for his tenth career series pole and his first since August of 2004.

David Ragan, Reed Sorenson and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five in qualifying, which featured Sprint Cup drivers taking eight of the top-10 qualifying spots.

John Wes Townley spun out during his qualifying attempt and missed the field for Saturday night's race, along with Morgan Shepherd, Derrike Cope, J.C. Stout and Tony Ave.
Pete McCole from Atlanta Motor Speedway

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Degree V12 174.121 31.840 Leader
2 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 173.940 31.873 -0.033
3 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 173.635 31.929 -0.089
4 1 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 173.499 31.954 -0.114
5 10 Kasey Kahne Toyota Fritos 173.315 31.988 -0.148
6 42 David Gilliland Dodge moveforever.com / arthritis.org 173.212 32.007 -0.167
7 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 172.931 32.059 -0.219
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 172.845 32.075 -0.235
9 198 Paul Menard Ford Richmond / Menards 172.802 32.083 -0.243
10 91 Dave Blaney Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 172.775 32.088 -0.248
11 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 172.640 32.113 -0.273
12 60 Carl Edwards Ford Save-A-Lot 172.544 32.131 -0.291
13 27 Jason Keller Ford Scott Tissue / Wal-Mart 172.302 32.176 -0.336
14 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 172.142 32.206 -0.366
15 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 172.051 32.223 -0.383
16 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 171.742 32.281 -0.441
17 178 Kevin Lepage Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 171.116 32.399 -0.559
18 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 170.911 32.438 -0.598
19 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Delphi 170.590 32.499 -0.659
20 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 170.585 32.500 -0.660
21 62 Brendan Gaughan* Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 170.140 32.585 -0.745
22 07 Chase Austin Chevrolet Cavi Clothing / Macy's 170.051 32.602 -0.762
23 196 Michael McDowell* Dodge Fischer Honda 169.978 32.616 -0.776
24 15 Michael Annett* Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 169.967 32.618 -0.778
25 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 169.619 32.685 -0.845
26 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 169.604 32.688 -0.848
27 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 169.500 32.708 -0.868
28 177 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet SFP 169.495 32.709 -0.869
29 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 169.453 32.717 -0.877
30 05 Casey Atwood Ford 31-W Insulation / CertainTeed 169.262 32.754 -0.914
31 234 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver's 169.055 32.794 -0.954
32 11 Kelly Bires Toyota Ridemakerz 169.050 32.795 -0.955
33 12 Justin Allgaier* Dodge Verizon Wireless 168.829 32.838 -0.998
34 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 168.711 32.861 -1.021
35 47 Chase Miller Toyota Construction Jobs.com 168.301 32.941 -1.101
36 87 Mike Bliss Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 167.280 33.142 -1.302
37 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Sun-Drop 167.199 33.158 -1.318
38 61 Matt Carter Ford Bob Maddox Heat & Air 166.807 33.236 -1.396
39 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 166.752 33.247 -1.407
40 38 Jason Leffler+ Toyota Great Clips 164.501 33.702 -1.862
41 81 Bobby Hamilton Jr.+ Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 163.328 33.944 -2.104
42 26 Brian Keselowski+ Dodge Fischer Honda 161.538 34.320 -2.480
43 150 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Saxon Group / Boaty's Produce, Inc. 168.860 32.832 -0.992
Did Not Qualify
44 173 Derrike Cope Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 168.434 32.915 -1.075
45 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 168.000 33.000 -1.160
46 09 John Wes Townley* Ford Zaxby's 155.255 35.709 -3.869
47 0 J C Stout Chevrolet NuTone Heating & Cooling Products - - -
48 52 Tony Ave Chevrolet Means Racing - - -
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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