Blaney, 19, adds first career pole to his resume
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SPARTA, Ky. -- Ryan Blaney earned his first win in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series last season. The 19-year-old added “pole winner” to his series’ resume Thursday at Kentucky Speedway.
Blaney, piloting the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford, snared his first career pole, earning the No. 1 spot for tonight’s UNOH 225 at the 1.5-mile track.
Blaney was the 27th of 36 drivers to make a qualifying attempt. His speed of 175.160 mph was stout enough to hold off the efforts of Darrell Wallace (175.075), John Wes Townley, Brendan Gaughan and Joey Coulter, who will start second through fifth, respectively.
Kyle Busch, attempting to sweep truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup series events here this weekend, will start sixth. Blaney’s team owner, Brad Keselowski, will also compete in all three events and will start 12th.
Series points leader Matt Crafton qualified seventh.
Cale Gale, fastest in the final practice session, will start 18th.
For Blaney, his first pole came in his 17th career start; it is also his fourth consecutive top-10 start this season.
Brett Moffitt spun and hit the wall during his qualifying run, forcing his team to roll out a backup entry for tonight’s race.