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
My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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