Dillon, who has qualified second twice in the previous nine races, turned a fast lap at 183.949 mph in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. It continued his stellar performance in qualifying sessions this year -- he's started no worse than 11th all season and has a sterling average start of 4.8, including Saturday's result.
Kyle Busch, a five-time winner in the series this season, was second-fastest at 183.817 mph. He was just ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers, who will start third in the 300-mile event (2:45 p.m. ET, ABC).
Series points leader Regan Smith was 10th-fastest in qualifying.
The session was slowed by four incidents. As the fifth driver on the track, Robert Richardson Jr. lost control in the second turn and crunched the nose of the No. 23 Chevrolet into the inside retaining wall.
Bryan Silas backed into the outside wall in Turn 2 during his second qualifying lap. As the next car out after Silas, Tanner Berryhill pancaked the right side of his No. 17 Toyota on his first lap. Travis Pastrana also looped his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford on the exit of Turn 4, avoiding contact as he slid to a stop on pit road.
Silas and Berryhill were among four drivers who failed to qualify for the 40-car field.
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