Braun On Trucks Pole
Colin Braun continued Roush Fenway Racing’s recent qualifying domination at restrictor-plate tracks by capturing the pole position for Saturday’s running of the Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Braun turned a fast lap of 179.608 mph during Friday’s qualifying session at Talladega, edging out Terry Cook, who had a run of 178.188 mph. Braun also won the pole for the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, giving him a sweep of NASCAR’s two restrictor-plate tracks. Erik Darnell did the same thing last year while driving in the Truck Series for Roush Fenway.
“Roush has pretty much had a lock on the poles at the superspeedway races for the last couple of years,” Braun said. “It’s certainly good to keep that going. My hat’s off to all the guys. They’ve done a fabulous job on this truck.
“We hadn’t been to the wind tunnel in a year, so that just goes to show the hard work that these guys have done back at the body shop and the fab shop. It certainly shows the great Roush-Yates power that we have. It’s just a pleasure to drive that truck, and I’m excited for tomorrow.”
Max Papis qualified third with a qualifying run of 178.052 mph in only his second visit to Talladega Superspeedway. Afterward, he sounded as excited as if he had won the pole himself.
“That’s a big thing for me,” Papis said with a wide smile. “Just let me enjoy what it means to be in the top five. It’s just huge. I know it’s only qualifying, but I’d like to enjoy every second of it.”
Jason White qualified fourth with a speed of 177.959, followed by Aric Almirola in fifth (177.587). Todd Bodine, who has won the past two Truck Series races at Talladega Superspeedway and the past four races at restrictor-plate tracks, qualified sixth (177.554).
Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Crafton (177.468) in seventh, Truck Series rookie Tayler Malsam eighth (177.468), Stacy Compton ninth (177.379) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch 10th (177.337)
Chrissy Wallace turned in a better qualifying effort that her father, Mike Wallace. Chrissy Wallace will start 27th while Mike Wallace qualified 33rd.
Truck Series points leader Ron Hornaday Jr. qualified 13th, Mobile native Rick Crawford was 16th and Birmingport native Mike Harmon was 37th. Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Steve Park qualified 31st in his first Truck Series race in three years.
Driver introductions for the Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred’s are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The green flag for the 94-lap race is set to wave at approximately 3 p.m.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers also will be on the track at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. Qualifying for Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 Sprint Cup race is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.No Comment