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TEEN HALEY POSTS FIRST TRUCK SERIES POLE AT TMS
Teenager Justin Haley earned his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole during qualifications Friday afternoon for the 19th annual JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief at Texas Motor Speedway.
Haley, 18, toured TMS’ 1.5-mile oval in 29.004 seconds and 186.181 mph in his No. 24 Zeality Chevrolet Silverado. Friday night’s 147-lap/220.5-mile event will be Haley’s 25th career start and 19th of the season. Haley started 10th and finished sixth during the winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at TMS in June.
The Indiana native, who earned his 11th top-10 start of the season, will share the front row with Noah Gragson, a first-time winner at Martinsville Speedway last weekend. Gragson qualified at 186.053 mph in his No. 18 Switch Toyota Tundra.
Playoff points leader Christopher Bell will start third after lapping at 185.982 mph in his No. 4 JBL Toyota. Bell, who has a three-point lead over Johnny Sauter, will start alongside the reigning series champion after his lap at 185.861 mph in the No. 21 ISMConnect Chevrolet.
The other four Playoff contenders, seeking to advance into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks, are led by Austin Cindric in sixth after lapping at 184.887 mph in the No. 19 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford F-150. Two-time series champion Matt Crafton will start eighth in the No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota after a lap at 184.351 mph.
Ben Rhodes will start ninth in the No. 27 Safelite Auto Glass Toyota after lapping at 183.861 mph and John Hunter Nemecheck qualified 11th with a lap of 182.051 mph in the No. 8 ROMCO Equipment/Fire Alarm Services Chevrolet.
The race will be televised on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 7 p.m. CT.