BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO — staff report — Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images photo — Alex Tagliani won the Keystone Light Pole Award at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a track-record lap of 80.558 seconds (109.889 mph), and will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the front of the field Sunday.
Tagliani, who competes in IndyCar and the Canadian Tire Series, has one other start at the track, a 2008 Canadian Tire Series event in which he started 10th and finished fifth.
Rookie Gray Gaulding, driver of the No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet, will start alongside him. Gaulding’s 80.991-second lap was just shy of the pole. Erik Joneswill start third, with German Quiroga and Cole Custerstarting fourth and fifth.
Tagliani waited until less than half of the 30-minute first round of qualifying remained before laying down the round’s top speed, a lap of 108.906 mph around the 2.459-mile track. Brennan Newberry, driver of the No. 9 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet, was the first driver who did not advance to the final session as the 13th-place finisher.
Several drivers struggled to keep their trucks on course. Joey Coulter drove straight into a barrier in his Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, but the displaced tires seemed to have prevented serious damage to the No. 21.
Jones took the No. 51 Toyota slightly off track in the first round of qualifying but did not appear to have sustained any damage to his Toyota Tundra. Ryan Blaney also had to fight to keep his truck on asphalt after getting sideways. Eighth-place qualifier Matt Crafton had a similar incident on his last run after making a pass.
The Chevrolet Silverado 250 is scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX Sports 1 and MRN.