Ty Dillon made a lap around Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 54.013 seconds on Friday to claim the pole for Saturday’s Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track. It’s his third pole in 21-career series starts. It’s also the third-straight pole for Richard Childress Racing.
“This is all them,” Dillon said, referring to his No. 3 team. “I just steer the rocket.”
Jason White posted a qualifying lap time of 54.219 seconds, good enought for the second starting spot to start Saturday’s race alongside Dillon on the front row.
James Buescher qualified third, and Aric Almirola was fourth in the No. 5 Wauters Motorsports entry.
“We can see the front,” Almirola said. “That’s all that matters.”
Cale Gale qualified fifth, and Kurt Busch was sixth in the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.
The Red Horse Racing trio of Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters and Parker Kligerman will start together on Saturday from the seventh, eighth and ninth spots. Bodine sat on the provisional pole for awhile during the qualifying session, with his teammates joining him up front, at the time, in the provisional second and third spots.
Gale knocked Bodine from the provisional pole, only to lose the spot to Almirola, who then lost the pole to Dillon. Dillon was the only driver to post a lap speed of more than 177 mph during the session.
Ron Hornaday rounded out the top-10 in qualifying.
“The second lap just got too hot,” Hornaday said of his qualifying run.
After 37 drivers made qualifying attempts, Wes Burton was the only one who didn’t make the race.
The Fred’s 250 is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 4 p.m. ET. The race can be seen live on SPEED, with prerace coverage getting underway at 3:30 p.m.
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