Paludo sets pace in final truck practice in Iowa
July 13, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Paludo posted the fastest time, coming in at 22.937 seconds (137.333 mph) in a mock qualifying run that had him so thrilled, he took his truck to the garage for the final 30 minutes. Behind Paludo was 20-year-old Ross Chastain in his No. 19 Ford at 22.966 seconds (137.159 mph).
In two practice sessions Friday, Paludo finished eighth and fourth; Chastain finished third and second. In Saturday’s effort, the two became the first drivers to break 137 mph and 23 seconds.
Joey Coulter was one of three other drivers to accomplish that feat, finishing third on the grid with a time of 22.977 seconds (137.094 mph). Coulter, who finished third in the final standings last year, didn’t crack the top 10 in either of Friday’s sessions.
German Quiroga Jr. was fourth in Saturday’s practice (22.981, 137.070) in the No. 77 Toyota of Red Horse Racing and Ty Dillon, who won the most recent Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky, was fifth (22.989, 137.022).
Defending series champion James Buescher finished sixth (23.003, 136.939), followed by Johnny Sauter (23.016, 136.861), Ryan Blaney (23.023,136.820), Brendan Gaughan (23.033, 136.760) and Chase Elliott (23.034, 136.754).
The track time was not without incident, as Bryan Silas brought out a yellow flag after nearly 90 minutes when he spun in Turn 2 and made contact with the wall. Silas’ No. 99 Chevrolet needed a tow off the track, delaying the two-hour session by nearly 15 minutes.
Silas was evaluated and released from the care center.
Keystone Light Pole qualifying is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET (shown on tape delay at 7 p.m., SPEED), with the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen following at 8:30 p.m. ET (SPEED).