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Scott leads RCR to win pole at Talladega

Matt Kenseth (20) leads a pack of cars moving through the tri-oval during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. The Aaron's 499 auto race starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Matt Kenseth (20) leads a pack of cars moving through the tri-oval during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. The Aaron's 499 auto race starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Brian Scott won the pole for today’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, where he posted the fastest lap as time expired in knockout qualifying.

The third and final round yesterday was a five-minute session, and the 12 drivers all waited until just more than two minutes remained to head onto the track. Tony Stewart posted the fastest lap and held down the top spot until time expired, when Scott shot to the top of the leaderboard.

Scott turned a lap at 198.290 mph to win the pole for Richard Childress Racing.

RCR teammate Paul Menard was second and was followed by AJ Allmendinger, Casey Mears and Daytona 500 pole-sitter Austin Dillon.

Stewart wound up 12th as the Stewart-Haas Racing strategy didn’t pan out for any of its four cars.

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