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QUALIFYING: Conley Captures Phoenix Pole

Field Set For K&N West Season Finale At PIR
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
November 10, 2012 - 12:19pm

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Cale Conley captured the pole in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West qualifying for the Casino Arizona 50 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday.

Conley turned a lap of 27.405 seconds (131.363 mph) in his No. 47 Tait Towers/Rock-It Cargo Toyota to earn the 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing Co., in the final race of the season for the series.

The Vienna, W. Va., driver, who regularly competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, is making his first start in the K&N West and his first start at PIR.

Michael Self, a winner of two events this season, was second quickest - with a lap of 27.471 seconds (131.047 mph). He was followed by Derek Thorn, Dylan Kwasniewski and Brett Thompson. Completing the top 10 were Bryan Ortiz, Chase Elliott, Johnny Borneman, Cameron Hayley and Ben Kennedy. Defending series champion Greg Pursley was 11th in qualifying.

Kwasniewski leads Pursley by two points in the championship standings heading into this final race.

Three-time series champion Eric Holmes, who won at Phoenix in 2010, spun and made contact with the wall on his first qualifying lap. His Bill McAnally Racing team immediately unloaded their backup car and began preparing it for the race, in which he will lineup 27th with a provisional start.

The Casino Arizona 50, which will air on SPEED, is slated to start tonight at approximately 5 p.m. MT