Ty Dillon tops truck qualifying

Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 Powered By Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 5, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

 

Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 5, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Ty Dillon, the rookie points leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, bolstered his position in Friday’s qualifying, winning the pole for Saturday’s fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Dillon circled the 2.66-mile track with a fast lap of 177.291 mph to edge Jason White’s 176.617 mph lap and notch his third pole of the season. White will start second after his best qualifying effort of the year with James Buescher — Dillon’s closest challenger in the standings, just one point behind — starting third.

Dillon, who posted a victory here in the ARCA series last season, will be making his first NASCAR national series start at Talladega in Saturday’s 250-miler.

“We really weren’t expecting to qualify that well,” said Dillon, who will be racing the same truck he drove to a ninth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona. “We were just concentrating on the race and trying to get through Talladega, so it’s really cool that we got that.”

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