Sergio Pena wins pole for NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown
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Sergio Pena won the pole for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series portion of the Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale. He posted the top qualifying time in a field that includes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano and David Gilliland, West Series champion Jason Bowles and Ryan Truex, the younger brother of Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr.
Pena, a NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver, said he even surprised himself by beating out some of the top drivers from the Cup Series.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better car tonight,” Pena said.
The 16-year-old Pena is making his first start in the Toyota All-Star Showdown. He earned his way into qualifying for the Showdown by winning a qualifying race against three of his teammates at Revolution Racing. Pena posted his time, 18.390 second (97.879 mph) around the half-mile oval early in qualifying and no driver could match it. Logano was second at 18.421 seconds and 97.715 mph.