NASCAR Nationwide Series at Road America lineup: AJ Allmendinger earns pole

Jerry Markland

AJ Allmendinger earned his first pole in nine career NNS races by topping the qualifying session at Road America on Saturday.

AJ Allmendinger earned the top spot in the lineup for the Johnsonville Sausage 200 at Road America on Saturday afternoon by posting a high-speed of 109.233 miles per hour during qualifying. It's his first pole win in nine career NASCAR Nationwide Series race attempts.

Allmendinger will start in Row 1 alongside Owen Kelly, who is making his second-career Nationwide Series start. Both have come at Road America, a road track in which only six of the drivers qualified for this year's race have ever competed.

Allmendinger is participating in his first NNS race since 2008. Like Kelly, his experience on road courses earned him a call for the unique Elkhart Lake, Wisc., race.

Austin Dillon's streak of four consecutive Nationwide poles ended on Saturday, by the way, as Dillon placed 14th in qualifying. NNS points leader Regan Smith will start 16th.

The full lineup for the race in included below.

1. AJ Allmendinger
2. Owen Kelly
3. Parker Kligerman
4. Justin Allgaier
5. Michael McDowell
6. Nelson Piquet Jr.
7. Billy Johnson
8. Sam Hornish Jr.
9. Brian Vickers
10. Max Papis
11. Trevor Bayne
12. Johnny O'Connell
13. Kyle Larson
14. Austin Dillon
15. Alex Bowman
16. Regan Smith
17. Cole Whitt
18. Brian Scott
19. Travis Pastrana
20. Michael Annett
21. Andrew Ranger
22. Elliott Sadler
23. Mike Bliss
24. Jeremy Clements
25. Stanton Barrett
26. Brendan Gaughan
27. Kyle Kelley
28. Kenny Habul
29. James Buescher
30. Landon Cassill
31. Mike Wallace
32. Jeffery Earnhardt
33. Reed Sorenson
34. John Young
35. Eric McClure
36. Jeff Green
37. Kevin O'Connell
38. Derek White
39. Tony Raines
40. Dexter Stacey

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