There was a decision by all of the drivers with Earnhardt engines to work together in the qualifying race at Talladega. This worked well for them as they managed to get places on the first three rows on the start for the big race on Sunday. It was Brian Scott that took the pole position.
This is only the fifth time that Scott takes the lead in his career in the Sprint Cup and he seemed to be pretty shocked by it. The ECR engine cars took six of the twelve spots in the last round of qualifying. They all waited on the pit road for someone to make a move and when there was just two minutes and twenty seconds left they all made their move. This led to Tony Stewart having the fastest laps and the other Stewart-Hass drivers worked together with him and it looked like he would be leading the main race. However, the ECR pack of cars came out and Ryan Newman was leading with Paul Menard at the back and so Newman lead the group and Menard pushed them hard from the back. They all beat Stewarts speed just before the time ran out and were all at the top of the leader board. This means that Scott was in pole with Menard next and the AJ Allmendinger third.
Allmendinger explained what a great idea it was with all of the cars working together. He said that it was something that they had practiced and it worked out well for them.
Menard explained that he felt that this particular track was a good one for the new qualifying format. He explained that he felt that it favoured certain tracks and this was one of them. He went on to say that Ryan had a lot of pressure on him to lead the group of cars to get their plan to succeed but he did well and it worked out well for them.
Scott now has to show what he is made of in the leading position of the main race. He explained that it will not be easy to find a drafting partner because he has the yellow rookie stripes on.
Stewart ended up in twelfth place and Patrick was seventh. Logano, however failed to qualify, for the first time this season coming in 16th. He said that it was unfortunate and that the strategy was just not right for him.