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Kyle Busch claims truck pole at Kentucky

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Kyle Busch made a 30.702-second/175.884 mph lap around Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Thursday to claim the pole for Thursday night's UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track. It's his third pole of 2014, but the first of his career in Truck Series competition at Kentucky. His Kyle Busch Motorsports employee and teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr., will start next to him on the front row.

Thursday's qualifying session consisted of three rounds, with Busch and Wallace leading the way through the entire session. Busch turned in the fastest lap in the first round, posting a lap time of 30.779 seconds (175.444 mph). In the second round, Wallace was fastest, with a 30.598-second/176.482 mph lap.

Jeb Burton and Ben Kennedy qualified third and fourth to claim the second-row starting positions. They, along with Busch and Wallace, were among 12 drivers who advanced to the third round of qualifying to make attempts for the top-12 spots on the starting grid. Series points leader Johnny Sauter rounded out the top-five in the final round of qualifying.

Qualifying sixth through 12th were Red Horse Racing teammates German Quiroga and Timothy Peters in sixth and seventh, Ron Hornaday in eighth, Joey Coulter in ninths, Ryan Blaney 10th, Matt Crafton 11th and Tayler Malsam 12th.

Thirty-two trucks made qualifying attempts in the first round, so all trucks who attempted to qualify were given spots on the starting grid. The race will begin four trucks shy of a Camping World Truck Series full race field of 36 trucks.

The UNOH 225 is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 8 p.m. ET on Thursday night. The race may be seen live on FOX Sports 1, with television coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the pre-race show.

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