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Michael McDowell Wins Pole for Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

August 17th, 2013 at 11:35 AM
By Clayton Caldwell

Michael McDowell turned heads Saturday morning after he took the pole for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. It's McDowell's second career Nationwide Series pole. McDowell is driving the #18 K-Love Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and he took the pole at a speed of 98.258 mph. AJ Allmendinger will start on the outside of the front row. Allmendinger is driving Roger Penske's #22 Ford. 

'6.23.12 Road America - NASCAR driver 18 Michael McDowell' photo (c) 2012, Royal Broil - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Starting in the third position is Owen Kelly. Kelly is driving Joe Gibbs Racing's #54 Toyota. Starting fourth will be Kyle Larson with teammate Nelson Piquet Jr starting in the fifth position. Starting in the sixth position is Regan Smith with Brian Vickers starting seventh. Sam Hornish Jr will roll off from the eighth position with Parker Kligerman starting ninth and Max Papis rolling off from the 10th position. Papis is driving Richard Childress' #33 Chevrolet this weekend. 

Starting 11th is Ron Fellows, who is driving JR Motorsports' #5 Chevrolet this weekend. Brian Scott will start from the 12th position. Jason Bowles qualified in the 13th position, subbing for Austin Dillon in the #3 AdvoCare Chevrolet. Dillon was practicing the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan. Dillon will start in the rear of the field because he missed qualifying. Elliott Sadler qualified in the 14th position with Justin Allgaier starting from the 15th spot. Canadian Andrew Ranger will start 16th, with rookie Alex Bowman starting 17th and Travis Pastrana starting 18th. Ryan Truex qualified 19th and Chris Buescher qualified 20th. Truex was in the Richard Petty Motorsports #9 Ford which will be raced by Marcos Ambrose. Ambrose will have start in the rear of the field as will Trevor Bayne, who Chris Buescher filled in for. Both drivers were in Michigan practicing their Sprint Cup cars. 

Other notables in the field include Michael Annett in 21st. 

There were 43 cars entered to make the race this weekend for 40 positions. The three drivers that missed the race were T.J. Bell, Dexter Stacy and Tim Cowen. 

The Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course starts at 2:49 p.m. ET with coverage starting at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. 

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Tags: Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael McDowell, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Motorsports

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