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QUALIFYING: Kwasniewski Nabs West Pole

Aims To Narrow Pursley's Points Lead At Roseville
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
October 13, 2012 - 8:52pm

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Dylan Kwasniewski captured the pole position in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West qualifying for the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 on Saturday at All American Speedway.

Kwasniewski made his way around the .333-mile oval in 13.739 seconds for an average speed of 87.255 mph. While it is his first Coors Brewing Company 21 Means 21 Pole Award at All American, it’s the fifth of the 2012 season for the 17-year-old out of Las Vegas, Nev., and the seventh of his series career.

Starting the race alongside Kwasniewski on the front row will be Derek Thorn coming off a win in his last start on Sept. 29 at Albuquerque, N.M. Thorn posted a lap time of 13.750 seconds (87.185 mph).

Qualifying third was Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Cameron Hayley with a time of 13.865 seconds (86.462 mph) followed by three-time series champion Eric Holmes in the fourth position at 13.871 seconds (86.425 mph). Markus Niemela, out of Rauma, Finland, rounded out the top-five qualifiers with a time of 13.929 seconds (86.065 mph).

The remainder of the top 10 was made up of Jamie Krzysik, Travis Milburn, David Mayhew, Michael Self and Jason Fensler.

Heading into the final two events of the season Kwasniewski trails Gene Price Motorsports teammate Greg Pursley by 14 points in the standings. Pursley, the defending series champion, qualified in the 13th position.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 is scheduled to get underway at 8:35 p.m. PT.