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Justin Lofton claims Truck Series pole in Texas

Justin Lofton
Justin Lofton
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In a rare NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appearance, Justin Lofton claimed the pole for his second series start of the season on Friday for the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth with a 30.054-second/179.677 mph lap in the third and final round of qualifying. It's his second-career pole and his first of the season. He'll make his second start of the year from behind the wheel of the No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet.

Lofton will share the front row with series regular Matt Crafton, who was second-fastest in the final round of qualifying. Ryan Blaney was third in round three of qualifying to claim a second row starting position. He'll share the second row with Crafton's ThorSport Racing teammate, Johnny Sauter.

Crafton was fastest in the first round of qualifying with a fast lap time of 29.952 seconds (180.288 mph). John Wes Townley and Lofton were second and third-fastest in the opening round.

Blaney posted the fastest lap of 30.143 seconds/179.146 mph in round two, followed by Lofton and Jeb Burton.

The 12 drivers advancing to the final round to qualify for the top-12 spots on the starting grid also included (in the order in which they'll start fifth through 12th): Erik Jones, Joe Nemechek, Darrell Wallace Jr., German Quiroga, John Wes Townley, Ron Hornaday, Burton and Tyler Reddick.

The field of trucks set to start Friday night's race will be a significantly short one, as only 27 trucks were entered and made qualifying attempts. A full race field in Camping World Truck Series competition is, typically, 36 trucks.