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Austin Dillon Wins 2015 Race for the Cure 300 Pole at Charlotte

Austin Dillon climbed the ladder during Xfinity Series qualifying and reached the top run in the final session to claim the pole for Friday night’s Race for the Cure 300. Dillon turned a lap of 29.424 seconds at a speed of 183.524 mph to put himself on the pole. Kasey Kahne will start alongside Dillon thanks to his 29.484-second lap, for a speed of 183.150 mph. Erik Jones will start inside of row 2 thanks to his 183.107-mph lap. Points leader Chris Buescher was the fastest NXS regular, turning a 29.527-second lap for a speed of 182.883 mph. Kyle Busch and Brian Scott will make up the third row of the starting grid.

Dillon’s pole is the 16th of his NXS career. He has made 94 starts in the series. His pole ties him with Matt Kenseth, Brett Bodine and Elliott Sadler for 14th on the all-time list. This is Dillon’s sixth pole of 2015 in the NXS. For the third time in six races at Charlotte, Dillon will be starting in position number one. This is Kahne’s second top-two start in 22 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Erik Jones is making his second start of his career at Charlotte and this is his best starting position. Daniel Suarez is the fastest rookie in the field.

2015 RACE FOR THE CURE 300 QUALIFYING SPEEDS

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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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