Power was timed in 1 minute, 17.2709 seconds around the 2.31-mile, 12-turn layout.
Power’s Penske Racing teammate, Ryan Briscoe, was second in 1:17.4347, and Sebastien Bourdais was third in 1:17.7497. Helio Castroneves, who completed Penske’s podium sweep last year in Sonoma alongside Power and Briscoe, will start fourth.
Only 28 points separate the top four drivers in the points standings with only three races remaining. Ryan Hunter-Reay trails Power by five, but will start in seventh today.
UNDECIDED: Roger Penske said Saturday he’s taking his time deciding who will drive his No. 22 car next season.
Penske released AJ Allmendinger following his failed drug test, and Sam Hornish Jr. has been driving the car since July.
“We’ve got a lot of races left and we’ve really got to take a look at all the options until we get to the final decision,” Penske said before the race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano, in the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, has been mentioned repeatedly as a strong candidate for the ride.
NO DRAMA: A few comments made after last week’s race are following Brad Keselowski, who insists he wasn’t accusing Hendrick Motorsports of cheating in his remarks.
But there was a sting to them, according to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“I don’t particularly like the things he says lately about the company I work for,” Earnhardt said. “I take offense at the claims and accusations. It’s just natural for me to do that, but we’re friends, and I don’t want any drama between (us).”