NEWTON, Iowa — By Tom Bryant, NASCAR — Getty Images for NASCAR photo — With 43 cars on the starting grid for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race at Iowa Speedway, track position will be at a premium.
Jesse Little made sure he’d have no issues with traffic at the race start, capturing the 21 Means 21 Pole Award Friday evening in advance of the Autolite Iridium XP 150.
Little posted a fast lap of 23.883 seconds (131.893 mph) around the .875-mile banked oval in his No. 97 Get to Know Newton Chevrolet to win his first pole award in the K&N Pro Series. The second-generation driver scored his first K&N Pro Series win in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Speedway on July 11.
Sixteen year-old Australia native Brodie Kostecki, the pole winner for the K&N Pro combination race at Iowa in May, was second fastest. He had a fast lap at 23.592 (131.513).
Kyle Benjamin was third, followed by K&N Pro East season points leader Ben Rhodes and Ross Chastain. The top five qualifiers eclipsed the 131 mph mark.
Cole Custer, Scott Heckert, Brandon Jones, Kaz Grala, and Gray Gaulding rounded out the top ten. Greg Pursley, the K&N Pro West points leader, qualified 17th.
Little is the 11th different driver to win the pole award in 11 combination events at Iowa.
The green flag is scheduled for 9 pm ET, and the Autolite Iridium XP 150 will air on Fox Sports 1 on Friday, August 8 at 11 am ET.