Jeb Burton takes the pole in the Fred’s 250 at Talladega

Turner-Scott Motorsports driver, Jeb Burton, scores his sixth pole of the season on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. Burton turned in a lap of 176.182 mph in his Arrowhead/Kangaroo Express Chevrolet. Burton currently sits fourth in points, 73 points behind leader, Matt Crafton.

Burton, when was asked about his success this season in qualifying responded, “Well I feel like – raw seed, out team has been the best from practice to qualifying, we have the speed, we just haven’t been able to finish it in the race. Even if we’re struggling, we’re fast, we’re at the top of the charts every week. I feel like this year we’re building a notebook for my team and next we will really be able to go get some wins.”

Max Gresham earns his best starting position of the season starting from the outside pole. Gresham turned a lap of 176.020 mph in the Made in USA Chevrolet. Burton and Gresham edged out Sprint Cup Series regular, Kyle Busch. Busch will start third in the Toyota Care Toyota, turning a lap of 175.910 mph.

Kyle was asked about his Kyle Busch Motorsports driver lineup for next year he replied, “Unfortunately, we don’t and a lot of that comes from the unknown of what’s going on in the world of sponsorship and for the truck series it’s very tough for Kyle Busch Motorsports it’s been very tough and obviously without the support of Toyota that we get, we probably wouldn’t be here.”

Rounding out the top five were James Buescher in fourth and Ty Dillon starting fifth. Buescher’s lap of 175.900 mph was just .003 seconds slower than Busch. Buescher, the defending series champion, is trying to catch Matt Crafton in the standings. He is currently 41 points out of the lead with just five races to go.

Dillon currently sits third in points, 53 behind leader Crafton. Dillon turned a lap of 175.861 mph in his Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet.

Other notables: Ross Chastain and Ryan Blaney who led practice, qualified seventh and 13th respectively. KBM driver, Darrell Wallace Jr will start tenth with points leader, Matt Crafton taking the green in 23rd.

The green falls on the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway at 3:00pm local time.

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Roger Holtsclaw
Roger has over 24 years experience as a mechanic and crew member in NASCAR at many levels including Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series. He has also competed as a driver at many short tracks around the Southeast including one start the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series. Roger is now embarking on a motorsports journalism and photography career and is co-owner of HMP Photo. Follow me on Twitter @rogerholtsclaw Email me:

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