Alex Tagliani Wins Truck Series Pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Alex Tagliani won the Keystone Light Pole Award and set a new track qualifying record at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a lap of 80.558 seconds at 109.889 mph. As he leads the field to green in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 race, he will also be making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Tagliani competes in the Canadian Tire Series and has one previous start in the series at this track in 2008 where he finished in fifth place. He also competes in IndyCar.

After qualifying he talked about his preparation for qualifying and racing this weekend.

“We went out, the truck was fast from the get go,” he said. “We had just one little glitch we had to fix, we had some fuel pressure issues. Basically it took about 25 minutes to fix that and then we went and ran and made sure that everything was good. We parked it before the session was over, the guys were happy enough. We used the second practice getting ready for the race tomorrow.”

Tagliani also spoke about being part of the Brad Keselowski Racing team saying, “I feel really honored to be here and drive his truck.”

NASCAR Next driver Gray Gaulding will start beside him on the outside pole. Erik Jones will begin the race in the third position followed by German Quiroga Jr. and Cole Custer to round out the top five.

Several drivers had difficulties keeping their trucks on the track including third place finisher Jones who went off track during qualifying. Joey Coulter, who drove his No. 21 into the tire barriers, qualified in the 15th position. Ryan Blaney, who will start 14th, got sideways and Matt Crafton had similar issues but will begin the race in eighth place.

Series’ point leader Johnny Sauter will start the race from the 11th position.

The Chevrolet Silverado 250 is scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FOX Sports 1.

Complete Starting Lineup:

1 19 Alex Tagliani
2 20 Gray Gaulding
3 51 Erik Jones
4 77 German Quiroga Jr
5 0 Cole Custer
6 53 Andrew Ranger
7 54 Darrell Wallace Jr
8 88 Matt Crafton
9 17 Timothy Peters
10 32 Cameron Hayley
11 98 Johnny Sauter
12 31 Ben Kennedy
13 9 Brennan Newberry
14 29 Ryan Blaney
15 21 Joey Coulter
16 8 John Hunter Nemechek
17 13 Jeb Burton
18 99 Bryan Silas
19 2 Tyler Young
20 35 Mason Mingus
21 7 Ray Courtemanche Jr
22 50 T.J. Bell
23 63 Scott Stenzel
24 8 B J McLeod
25 36 Justin Jennings
26 6 Norm Benning
27 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
28 0 Caleb Roark

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Angie Campbell
Angie Campbell
A native of Charlotte, NC, Angela (Angie) was first introduced to racing by her father. An avid fan of NASCAR, she found a way to combine her love of racing with her passion for writing. Angie is also an award-winning member of the National Motorsports Press Association. Follow her on Twitter @angiecampbell_ for the latest NASCAR news and feature stories.


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