Friday was a day for newbies and youngsters when it came to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for Saturday’s Kroger 250. Jeb Burton turned in a record track qualifying lap time of 19.589 seconds to claim his first-career pole for his seventh series start. He’ll be joined on the front row Saturday by Darrell Wallace Jr., who is in the midst of his first full year in the series.
They’ll be followed to the green flag by series veterans Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter, who qualified third and fourth. Qualifying fifth through 10th were German Quiroga, Ty Dillon, Matt Crafton, Chase Elliott, Ron Hornaday and Brennan Newberry.
Martinsville is the second race of the season for the Truck Series and the first short track event, meaning its the first race in which 16 and 17-year-old drivers are eligible to compete in the series since NASCAR changed its age requirements to allow 16 and 17-year-old drivers to compete in truck races at tracks under a mile and length. Two drivers under 18 attempted to qualify and Friday and made Saturday’s race. Elliott, son of former Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott, qualified eighth and Erik Jones turned in the 19th-fastest qualifying lap.
Jonathan Davenport planned to make his Camping World Truck Series debut in Martinsville, but was one of two drivers who failed to make the 36-truck starting grid. The other driver failing to make the race was Clay Greenfield.
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