March 22, 2014 — NASCAR Via Getty Images photo — FONTANA, CA — Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Treatmyclot.com 300 with his qualifying speed of 176.991 mph in the final round of the knockout-style qualifying.
This is the Sadler’s first Coors Light Pole Award of the season and his first since October of 2012 at Charlotte.
Kyle Busch, a winner of two Nationwide Series races this season and the winner of six of the past eight races at Fontana, did not make it out for qualifying. Busch’s car failed the technical inspection several times with issues involving wheel studs and the skew of the vehicle from a rear axle housing issue. He will start at the back of the field for the race.
Matt Kenseth (176.948 mph), the Coors Light Pole Award winner for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race, will join his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate on the front row for the Treatmyclot.com 300 (5 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Auto Club Speedway.
Rookie Ty Dillon will start third (176.696 mph), with Joey Loganostarting fourth (176.687 mph) and rookie Chase Elliott rounding out the top five (176.579 mph).
Points leader Regan Smith will start 11th (175.756 mph). Smith holds a one point lead in the series over Trevor Bayne.