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Points leader Dillon wins pole at Talladega

October 05, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ty Dillon, the rookie points leader in the 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.

"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."


• Ty Dillon posted his third Truck pole in his 21st start.
• Ty Dillon posted his third pole of 2012, tied with Joey Coulter for the most this year.
• Ty Dillon is the seventh different pole winner at Talladega in as many races.
• At 20 years, 7 months, 8 days, Ty Dillon is the youngest pole winner in the series at Talladega.
• Richard Childress Racing scored its 38th Truck pole and first at Talladega.
• Richard Childress Racing posted its ninth pole of 2012, most of all teams; RCR has won the pole for four of the past five races, including the past three.
• Chevrolet scored its fourth pole of 2012 and third at Talladega.
• Jason White (second) posted his third career front-row start; he matched his best Talladega start set in 2010.
• James Buescher (third) matched his best start of the season for the fourth time.
• Aric Almirola (fourth) posted his third top-five start in four races at Talladega.
• Cale Gale (fifth) posted his best Talladega start in his second race.
• Todd Bodine (seventh) posted his sixth top-10 start in seven races at Talladega; he has two wins at Talladega (only driver in the field who has won there).
• Wes Burton was the only driver who failed to make the race.

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