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QUALIFYING: Drake Leads BMR Sweep

Rookie Takes First K&N Pro Pole Award At Richmond
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
April 25, 2014 - 3:28pm

RICHMOND, Va. -- Rookie Nick Drake led a front-row sweep for Bill McAnally Racing Friday afternoon in qualifying for the evening's Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway.

Drake, 18, put down a lap of 22.127 seconds (121.759 mph) around the .75-mile oval. He is making his fifth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start and his previous best starting position was 11th.

“It was kind of surprising. I haven’t been the best qualifier," said Drake. "We worked on qualifying in practice a little bit. We kind of struggled on the first run and made a big improvement on the second run. We laid down a lap and edged out Cole for the pole. It was good.”

His teammate, 16-year-old Cole Custer, qualified second at 22.192 (121.665).

Drake gave BMR three Coors Light Pole Awards in 2014: Custer won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West pole at Phoenix and Brandon McReynolds won the Wes pole at Irwindale, Calif.

Rookie Chad Finley qualified third at 22.233 (121.441).

Scott Heckert was fourth and Ben Rhodes was fifth. Rhodes had his streak of consectutive poles ended at three.

Brodie Kostecki, Gray Gaulding, Brandon Jones, Ronnie Bassett Jr., and Lee Pulliam rounded out the top 10.

The Blue Ox 100 is scheduled to take the green at 9:40 p.m. ET, following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.