Piquet Jr. fastest at Road America qualifying

In just his third career NASCAR Nationwide series start, and his first career start at Road America, Nelson Piquet Jr. has claimed the pole for the Sargento 300.

“I knew we were quick,” Piquet Jr. said after his qualifying lap to ESPN reporters. “It’s just a great feeling.”

Piquet Jr. was in the final group of the qualifying session at the 4 mile/ 14 turn road course located in Elk Heart Lake, Wisconsin. The lap of  133.660 seconds, 109.516 mph was not only the fastest in qualifying, the lap was the fastest ever recorded at Road America in a Nationwide Series car.

The previous track record was set last year when Michael McDowell sat on the pole, this year McDowell saw his track record fall, but he himself didn’t fall that much away from the pole as he will start second in this afternoons race.

While Piquet Jr. and McDowell are known for being strong road course racers, the two drivers in row two are known for their road course skills.

Ron Fellows and Jacques Villeneuve, will start third and fourth. Both drivers are known for their strong road course racing skills, and both drivers finished in the top- five in this event last year.

“On a road course it’s great to start up front,” Piquet Jr. said. “It’s more important to start up front more than on an oval.”

Only 43 drivers attempted to qualify and no one will go home.

Sargento 300 starting lineup:

  1. Nelson Piquet Jr.
  2. Michael McDowell
  3. Ron Fellows
  4. Jacques Villeneuve
  5. Max Papis
  6. Brian Scott
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Sam Hornish Jr.
  9. Miguel Paludo
  10. Danica Patrick
  11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  12. Michael Annett
  13. Elliott Sadler
  14. Cole Whitt
  15. Jason Bowles
  16. Brad Sweet
  17. Victor Gonzalez Jr.
  18. Alex Kennedy
  19. Mike Bliss
  20. Kenny Habul
  21. Kyle Kelley
  22. Kurt Busch
  23. Austin Dillon
  24. Tayler Malsam
  25. Timmy Hill
  26. Jeremy Clements
  27. John Young
  28. Mike Wallace
  29. Eric McClure
  30. Jeff Green
  31. Matt DiBenedetto
  32. Josh Richards
  33. Erik Darnell
  34. Casey Roderick
  35. Ryan Ellis
  36. Bill Prietzel
  37. Tony Raines
  38. Tim Schendel
  39. Chase Miller
  40. Matt Frahm
  41. Morgan Shepherd
  42. Matthew Bell
  43. T.J. Bell