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QUALIFYING: Emerling Scores Bristol Pole

Will Start From Top Spot In Bush's Beans 150
By Kyle Souza,
August 16, 2017 - 2:51pm

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Patrick Emerling scored his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour pole on Wednesday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. Emerling posted a time of 14.517 seconds (132.176 mph) in Coors Light Pole Qualifying and will start from the top spot in the Bush's Beans 150. 

The pole was his first since Thompson in October of 2015 and was his first career on the 0.533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway. "We unloaded with a great car today and we tuned it in pretty good today in practice," Emerling said. "We didn't take much practice, we knew we had speed."

Behind Emerling, Chase Dowling put a new pairing on the front row for the Bush's Beans 150. Dowling will be driving for Eddie Harvey on Wednesday and he put the Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet second in qualifying with a fast time of 14.542 seconds (131.949 mph).

Ronnie Williams, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, was the third fastest car in qualifying. Williams ran a fast lap of 14.578 seconds (131.623 mph). Justin Bonsignore was fourth, while Eric Goodale, the defending Bristol winner, rounded out the top five.

Six through 10 in the session went to Bobby Santos, Ryan Preece, Timmy Solomito, Doug Coby and Dave Sapienza.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track with the running of the Bush's Beans 150 at 6:05 p.m. ET Wednesday evening.