TRUCKS: Briscoe Starts Up Front at Gateway for Second Pole of 2017

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Chase Briscoe starts up front for Saturday’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway (Jeff Curry/Getty Images North America photo).

MADISON, Ill. — Chase Briscoe hasn’t missed a step after nearly winning last Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Texas.

The defending ARCA series champ got off to a roaring start Saturday afternoon at Gateway Motorsports Park by scoring the pole for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. Briscoe turned a lap of 32.888 seconds (136.828 mph) around the 1.25-mile track for his second Keystone Light Pole award in the last three weeks.

Joining him on the front row is John Hunter Nemechek who led 53 laps in his first Gateway  start in 2014. Nemechek fell 0.020 seconds short of claiming his second-career pole with the first coming at Iowa last June.

Defending race winner Christopher Bell (136.707 mph) qualified third in the No. 4 JBL Toyota fresh off last weekend’s Texas victory . Bell paced Saturday morning’s opening practice and looks to make it two straight victories for Kyle Busch Motorsports. KBM completes the second row with Todd Gilliland (136.595 mph) slotting fourth for his first start in the No. 51 truck.

Austin Cindric (fifth) bookends the top-five with Brad Keselowski Racing trucks by running the fifth-fastest time (33.068 seconds).

Two-time series champ Matt Crafton (136.083) was sixth followed by rookies Noah Gragson (135.915 mph) and Justin Haley (135.628 mph). GMS Racing teammates Johnny Sauter (135.440 mph) and Kaz Grala (135.432 mph) completed the rest of the top-10.

The green flag for Saturday night’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200 drops shortly after 8:30 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN).

Full qualifying results can be viewed on the next page…

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