Driver sets new track record at Canadian road course Related: See the full race lineup BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO -- Alex Tagliani won the Keystone Light Pole Award at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a track-record lap of 80.558 seconds (109.889 mph), and will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the front of the field Sunday. Tagliani , who competes in IndyCar and the Canadian Tire Series, has one other start at the track, a 2008 Canadian Tire Series event in which he started 10th and finished fifth. Rookie Gray Gaulding , driver of the No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet, will start alongside him. Gaulding's 80.991-second lap was just shy of the pole. Erik Jones will start third, with German Quiroga and Cole Custer starting fourth and fifth. Tagliani waited until less than half of the 30-minute first round of qualifying remained before laying down the round's top speed, a lap of 108.906 mph around the 2.459-mile track. Brennan Newberry , driver of the No. 9 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet, was the first driver who did not advance to the final session as the 13th-place finisher. Several drivers struggled to keep their trucks on course. Joey Coulter drove straight into a barrier in his Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, but the displaced tires seemed to have prevented serious damage to the No. 21. Jones took the No. 51 Toyota slightly off track in the first round of qualifying but did not appear to have sustained any damage to his Toyota Tundra. Ryan Blaney also had to fight to keep his truck on asphalt after getting sideways. Eighth-place qualifier Matt Crafton had a similar incident on his last run after making a pass. The Chevrolet Silverado 250 is scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX Sports 1 and MRN. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Tagliani qualifies up front in first return to the Nationwide Series since 2012
Tagliani's first Nationwide appearance this season will be June 21 at Road America
Alex Tagliani runs out of gas under caution while leading in the Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.
Brian Scott says the on-track contact between he and Alex Tagliani probably cost him a shot at the winning the race.
Jacques Villeneuve makes a move on Alex Tagliani , and when that does not work he finishes the No. 30 off.
Drivers seemed civil after contact, but had differing opinions of the final laps
Open-wheel, sports car veteran last ran a Nationwide event in 2012
Canadian driver to pilot No. 19 Ford for BK Racing
Importance of Nationwide Series not lost on team owner MORE: Final Nationwide Series owner standings HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Chase Elliott salted away his first championship last weekend at Phoenix, rendering the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers' standings race anticlimactic for Saturday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . But a little suspense still lingered on the team owners' side. In the end, Brad Keselowski wheeled the Team Penske's No. 22 Ford to the Nationwide Series team owner championship in the Ford EcoBoost 300 . Keselowski needed only to finish 25th or better to seal the title over Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota team; he wound up in eighth place compared to Kyle Busch 's second in the JGR entry, clinching Roger Penske's second straight crown by 23 points. "It's obvious the Nationwide (Series) means so much to us because it's the proving ground," said the 77-year-old Penske. "It's the testing ground for our crew chiefs, young drivers. And there's no question, when you see Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson and the people who come up through that series, it means a lot to us, but it also ‑‑ the mechanics and the over-the-wall guys that we train there." Last season, Penske's No. 22 prevailed in the season-long team owner championship hunt by just one point over the Gibbs No. 54. This year, the Team Penske entry prevailed with a larger margin, but an equally diverse cast of drivers in the seat. Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski piloted the No. 22 to five victories in his 11 starts, and Ryan Blaney notched one win among his 10 appearances behind the wheel. Joey Logano (nine starts), Alex Tagliani (two) and Michael McDowell (one) shared the rest of the driving duties. The common thread was crew chief Jeremy Bullins, who kept strong performances a constant while adapting to several different drivers. "I'm proud to be a part of it," Keselowski said. "It's a season-long task, so it's not a one-night accomplishment, it's a lot of different things. Quite a few different drivers in this car and I'm honored to be one of them. I feel like I contributed to the program, I don't know, but it's a lot of fun and the team does a great job. You kind of take these things for granted sometimes, having great cars and great teams, and I'm trying not to. It's a very pleasurable experience. I've been at the other side of this where I didn't have great cars and life was really tough, but we've had a season of great cars and I'm thankful for that." Busch and Sam Hornish Jr . shared the seat of the Gibbs No. 54 this season, with Busch notching seven victories and Hornish one. Although placing as a runner-up in Saturday's race and in the team owner standings was bittersweet, Busch was pleased with the overall effort. "It's been fun the last couple of years," Busch said. "You know we've come up short just a little bit last year by one point, a little bit more than that this year, but, shoot, besides winning more races, finishing every single race in the top four besides (Daytona), I don't know what else I could have done. We did our part and we had some great races, and we did have a successful year, so nothing to hang our hats about, but there's one other guy or team out there that was a little bit better than us." Said Gibbs: "Yeah, you've got to give them credit. The Penske group, you've got to give them a lot of credit and what they did there. They put a lot of drivers in the car and raced great. We had just a couple of bad situations that happened to us which cost us again. We don't like it, but we're committed to come back and try to go after it again. We appreciate getting an opportunity to race against real good race teams, and when you do that, you've got a chance to come out on the short end. Like I said, we love the series. We're going to be back next year roaring." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule