Lofton claims truck pole at Chicagoland


“The truck was great yesterday in practice,” Justin Lofton said of his No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing Chevrolet just prior to making his qualifying attempt on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway during pole qualifying for the American Ethanol 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race later that evening.

That same truck was also fast in qualifying, as Lofton went out last and claimed the pole with a 31.007-second lap.

When the Truck Series takes the green flag for the race on Saturday night, Lofton will be joined on the front row by Joey Coulter, who was second-fastest in qualifying with a lap time of 31.035 seconds.

“Too bad second’s not as good as first,” Coulter said after Lofton knocked him from the provisional pole.

Drivers including Jennifer Jo Cobb, Jeff Green, Bryan Silas, Jason White, Miguel Paludo and Timothy Peters claimed the provisional pole for a time during the qualifying session before Ty Dillon took the spot and held it until it was claimed by his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Coulter.

By he end of the qualifying session, Dillon was third, Peters fourth and White fifth.

After 38 drivers made qualifying attempts to set the 36-truck starting grid, Mike Harmon and Chris Lafferty were the two drivers who failed to make the race.

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