Like his fellow 11 competitors in the final form of Friday’s knock out qualifying, Dillon waited too late to attempt his qualifying run.
Not one of the 12 cars reached the time line before five-minute clock expired because of the around, which left none of the 12 drivers with a qualifying rate. In that scenario, the outcomes revert into Round two, where Dillon posted the fastest rate.
The pole is of Dillon’s livelihood.
“That has been fun right there. That goes back to Round two when (spotter) Andy Houston did a fantastic job getting us a pit (on the course ),” Dillon said.
“Our car has been good throughout the daylong. I felt as though we’ve had the fastest car . It seems good to receive that pole. That has been wild right there. Everybody was fighting for it.
“(Kyle Busch) became popular and that I kind of hedging forth and back. I just kind of waited and nobody would definitely make it, but that I was fine with it because I knew it would revert back to us. ”
Reverting back into Round two, that leaves Kevin Harvick at second, Aric Almirola in third, Kyle Busch fourth and Joey Logano fifth.
Rounding out the Best 12 starters are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr..
The second round featured a mad dash by 2-3 of the 24 cars to wait until the final minute before completing their qualifying attempt.
Teams believed a draft would produce the fastest rate but no one desired to be the first car on the trail.
One of those that failed to advance were Kurt Busch, that was the only car to make a single-car run in Round two, and Kyle Larson, that ended up being the first auto in the draft.
“That has been how I knew how to control the many parts,” Kurt Busch said. “I didn’t even feel pretty sure in our car to move wide-open in the draft. ”
Additionally failing to make the cut were Brad Keselowski, Daniel Hemric, William Byron and Alex Bowman.
Austin Dillon continued to show single-car rate and led the way in the first round of knock out qualifying.
Blaney was Almirola completed the top-10.
Rounding out the Top 10 were both Buescher, Johnson, Byron, DeBenedetto and Newman.
One of those that did not advance to Round two were defending race winner, Martin Truex Jr., who’ll line up 27th on Sunday.
With less than eight minutes remaining in the 10-minute session, Chase Elliott spun off tWISt two to bring out a caution. He did not appear to reach anything.
“Simply got loose out there,” Elliott said over his team army.
Newman had his car chief ejected for the remainder of the weekend after his No. 6 Ford failed pre-qualifying inspection twice on Friday. He will also lose fifteen minutes of practice time at Saturday’s final training.