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Ty Dillon earns pole for Nationwide Series race at Kentucky


SPARTA, Kentucky — Rookie Ty Dillon will start on the pole Saturday night in the 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race after turning a lap at 175.690 mph in the No. 3 Chevrolet during the final round of qualifying at Kentucky Speedway.

The Richard Childress Racing driver, who won a Camping World Truck Series race here last year, earned his second career pole in 39 Nationwide starts — both this year — and his first at Kentucky. Dillon's brother, Austin, has two Nationwide wins and three poles on the 1.5-mile track.

Sam Hornish Jr. will start second in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota, seeking his second Nationwide win this season.

Brendan Gaughan, RCR part-timer Cale Conley and Brian Scott rounded out the top five in Chevrolets.

Dillon enters the race 22 points behind leader Chase Elliott in third place.

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