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NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying Results: Aric Almirola Wins Pole In Phoenix

The NASCAR Nationwide series provides a warm-up on Saturday before the big Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 race on Sunday. The qualifying round for the Wypall 200 was held Saturday morning with Aric Almirola edging out Carl Edwards to earn the pole position for the race. Almirola recorded the fastest time with a speed of 132.91 and a time of 28.086.

Almirola runs a Chevrolet for the JR Motorsports teams and his car is owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He's currently ranked fourth with 1039 points and has one win in 71 career starts. 

Between the changes to the track at Phoenix International Raceway and the shifting weather conditions, drivers are reporting issues with grip. The Sprint Cup race drivers are saying they are going to be watching Saturday's race closely to try and get a sense of what to expect on Sunday.

The Wydall 200 Nationwide race on Saturday is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on ESPN 2. 

Here's the top 10 qualifying results for the Nationwide Wypall 200:

1 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Suave Men 132.910 27.086 Leader
2 60 Carl Edwards Ford World Financial Group 132.905 27.087 -0.001
3 16 Trevor Bayne Ford Air Hogs 132.758 27.117 -0.031
4 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Rheem Heating, Cooling & Water Heating 132.734 27.122 -0.036
5 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Alliance Truck Parts 132.358 27.199 -0.113
6 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain Financial 132.270 27.217 -0.131
7 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt / Monterey AgResources 132.265 27.218 -0.132
8 20 Ryan Truex* Toyota Martin Truex Jr. Foundation 132.008 27.271 -0.185
9 18 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 131.975 27.278 -0.192
10 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 131.965 27.280 -0.194

The full qualifying results for the Nationwide Wypall 200 at Phoenix can be found here.