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03/21/09
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Brendan Gaughan wins Nationwide pole
In only his first Nationwide Series attempt in “Thunder Valley”, Rusty Wallace Racing’s Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Impala SS) scored his first career Nationwide Series pole this morning in qualifying for today’s Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Gaughan was the 19th of 50 cars to make a qualifying attempt in this morning’s session.  His pole winning lap of 15.209 seconds (126.162 MPH) came his second of two qualifying laps, knocking then provisional pole-sitter Carl Edwards from the top spot.

His pole win marked the second time in three years that a RWR entry has won the pole position for the spring Bristol event, following up on Steve Wallace’s 2007 pole win.

Noted Gaughan, “Having Rusty Wallace’s black and gold paint scheme at Bristol, we knew this baby was going to be fast, but our South Point Hotel & Casino Chevy was really on a rail.  I had a 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength before qualifying, so I’m all jacked up and ready to go for this afternoon’s race.

I just really want to thank this whole Rusty Wallace Racing team for giving me the chance to drive these hot rods.  I’m having more fun this year than I’ve ever had in racing.” 

Meanwhile, after a top-five performance in practice, Gaughan’s RWR teammate and former Bristol pole-winner, Steve Wallace (No. 66 5-Hour Energy Chevrolet) is looking to put on a show for the fans this afternoon, as he seeks to charge forward from a 31st place qualifying effort. 

Said Wallace, “We have a really, really good 5-Hour Energy Chevrolet in race trim and that’s what really matters to us.  When we taped up the car and put it in qualifying trim, it just got way too loose.  We would have liked to qualify better, but we’re ready to roll.  I’ll just shoot a 5-Hour Energy before the race, get up on the wheel and try to head towards the front.  We had a top-ten in the last race here and I really think we have an even better car this time around.”

Results

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR TIME BEHIND
1 62 Brendan Gaughan* Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 15.209 Leader
2 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Turf Builder 15.253 -0.044
3 27 Jason Keller Ford Scott Tissue / Kleenex / Kroger 15.356 -0.147
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 15.358 -0.149
5 10 Kelly Bires Toyota Braun Racing 15.377 -0.168
6 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 15.417 -0.208
7 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 15.426 -0.217
8 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 15.434 -0.225
9 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 15.451 -0.242
10 42 Kenny Hendrick Dodge Smith-Ganassi Racing 15.469 -0.260
11 198 Paul Menard Ford Richmond / Menards 15.474 -0.265
12 09 John Wes Townley* Ford Zaxby's 15.479 -0.270
13 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Armour Meats 15.494 -0.285
14 12 Justin Allgaier* Dodge Verizon Wireless 15.514 -0.305
15 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 15.557 -0.348
16 32 Burney Lamar Toyota Dollar General 15.568 -0.359
17 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Cash4Gold.com / Racing 1-800-527-1801 15.575 -0.366
18 173 Kevin Lepage Dodge FlipnBags.com 15.582 -0.373
19 99 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 15.588 -0.379
20 11 Scott Lagasse Jr.* Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 15.596 -0.387
21 15 Michael Annett* Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 15.621 -0.412
22 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 15.622 -0.413
23 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 15.631 -0.422
24 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Corrie Stott Racing.com 15.632 -0.423
25 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 15.636 -0.427
26 172 Benny Gordon Ford Samuel Metals / VSI Racing 15.638 -0.429
27 52 Trevor Bayne Chevrolet Taco Bell 15.672 -0.463
28 136 Marc Davis* Toyota Howard University Radio WHUR 96.3 15.705 -0.496
29 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 15.714 -0.505
30 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 15.718 -0.509
31 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 15.732 -0.523
32 91 Terry Cook Chevrolet Cajun Industries 15.737 -0.528
33 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 15.746 -0.537
34 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 15.750 -0.541
35 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 15.816 -0.607
36 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 15.886 -0.677
37 05 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 15.892 -0.683
38 89 Morgan Shepherd+ Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 15.941 -0.732
39 81 Kevin Hamlin+ Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 15.976 -0.767
40 07 David Green+ Toyota Construction Jobs.com 16.030 -0.821
41 61 Brandon Whitt+ Ford Specialty Racing 16.328 -1.119
42 47 Michael McDowell+* Toyota Tom's Snacks - -
43 0 Steve Grissom Chevrolet Cash4Gold.com / Racing 1-800-527-1801
Did Not Qualify
44 196 Dennis Setzer Dodge Dusty's Collision 15.828 -0.619
45 70 Mark Green Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 15.835 -0.626
46 49 Kertus Davis Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 15.841 -0.632
47 255 Brad Teague Ford Scag Mowers / Greg's Pizza / Austein Ent. / Sherwood Properties 15.843 -0.634
48 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge Cajun Industries 15.858 -0.649
+ Set by Owners Points
* Denotes Rookie

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