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Custer Takes the Pole Position in Trucks at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Cole Custer will lead the field to the green flag later this afternoon in the state of Alabama.

The driver of the No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet scored the pole for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola after posting a time of 53.672 and a speed of 178.417 mph.

It’s his fifth career pole in 38 Camping World Truck Series starts, second of 2016 and first at Talladega Superspeedway.

Grant Enfinger will start second in his No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet after posting a time of 53.683 and a speed of 178.380 mph. Spencer Gallagher will start third in his No. 23 GMS Chevrolet after posting a time of 53.747 and a speed of 178.168 mph. Ben Kennedy will start fourth in his No. 33 GMS Chevrolet after posting a time of 53.754 and a speed of 178.145 mph. Johnny Sauter will round out the top-five in his No. 21 GMS Chevrolet after posting a time of 53.855 and a speed of 177.811 mph.

Timothy Peters will start sixth in his No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota. Cody Coughlin will start seventh in his No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. William Byron will start eighth in his No. 9 KBM Toyota. John Wes Townley will start ninth in his No. 05 Athenian Motorsports Chevrolet. Korbin Forrister will round out the top-10 in his No. 5 Wauters Motorsports Toyota.

John Hunter Nemechek will start 11th and Matt Tifft will round out the 12 drivers that made the final round of qualifying.

Matt Crafton will start 13th, Christopher Bell will start 14th and Daniel Hemric will round out the Chase drivers in 17th.

With 36 drivers entered, four drivers – Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ryan Ellis, Clay Greenfield and Parker Kligerman – were sent home.

Sixteen Chevrolet’s, 13 Toyota’s and three Ford’s will comprise the 32-truck field for this afternoon’s race.


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Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2024, I'm on my ninth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Blazing Saddles" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."


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