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Tyler Reddick soared to the 21 Means 21 Pole Award in Friday afternoon qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Texas Motor Speedway.
Reddick, driving the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 19 Ford, will start first in Friday night’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) after posting a fast lap of 181.959 mph. The pole was the 18-year-old driver’s second of the season and second of his young truck series career. He’ll make his 15th career start in Friday night’s 147-lap race.
Kyle Busch, a six-time truck series winner at Texas, will start alongside Reddick on the front row after recording the second-best lap (181.800 mph) in the Kyle BuschMotorsports No. 51 Toyota. Series points leader and defending truck champion Matt Crafton grabbed the third starting spot, just ahead of Turner Scott Motorsports teammates Ben Kennedy and Cameron Hayley, who wound up fourth and fifth, respectively.
Crafton, in the ThorSport Racing No. 88 Toyota, prevailed with a dominant performance in the trucks’ most recent Texas race in June. Ryan Blaney, his closest pursuer in the standings, will start ninth in Friday night’s race in the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Ford.
Brennan Newberry topped the charts in the 25-minute opening segment of knockout qualifying with a best lap of 180.777 mph. Darrell Wallace Jr., last weekend’s winner at Martinsville Speedway and Busch’s KBM teammate, topped the 10-minute second leg with the fastest lap of the weekend at 182.014 mph.
All 12 trucks who made the final qualifying elimination came perilously close to missing out on making a qualifying attempt with a waiting game in the waning moments of the five-minute session.