Darrell Wallace Jr. lands truck pole at Dover
May 31, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
DOVER, Del. -- Darrell Wallace Jr. became the youngest driver to win a pole in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Friday, taking the No. 1 qualifying position for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.
Wallace, the 29th of 36 drivers to make a qualifying attempt, posted a lap of 156.617 mph. Four of the seven drivers that came after Wallace landed in the top five, but none proved to be faster.
Chase Elliott (155.440 mph) will start second, with Jeb Burton, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch completing the top five.
At 19 years, seven months and 24 days, Wallace eclipsed the mark previously held by Cole Whitt, who won a series pole at 19 years, eight months and 18 days.
But Wallace isn’t the only youngster starting up front -- Elliott is 17, Burton 20 and Blaney 19.
It’s the first pole for the driver of the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota. He started on the outside of the front row earlier this year at Martinsville Speedway.
“That’s really cool,” Wallace said of the record. “Chase had me scared there for a second. His second lap was pretty quick, but our lap was a little bit better. That kept us on top and to carry that record means a lot.”
Wallace said he wasn’t sure what to expect for qualifying, and that the previous day’s practice sessions on the 1-mile track were just “OK.”
“As practice went on, we got more free. We ended practice way too free for my preference,” he said.
“Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and the guys worked their tails off to get it to where we needed it to be.”
Series points leader Matt Crafton qualified seventh.
Defending series champion James Buescher will start from the rear of the field after hitting the wall during his qualifying lap, forcing the team to go to a backup entry.
The Lucas Oil 200 is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET.
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