Ty Dillon wins pole at Las Vegas
September 28, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
LAS VEGAS -- Ty Dillon won his first Keystone Light Pole Award of the 2013 season on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, driving to the front of the grid with his top speed of 177.078 mph.
Dillon was second in the first practice session of the day and led final practice, which enabled him to be the final driver on the track in qualifying. In his customary No. 3 Chevrolet, Dillon passed provisional pole-sitter Justin Lofton on his first lap, then bested his time on his second go-round.
Lofton, who came in at 176.355 mph, will start next to Dillon on the front row. Lofton has driven in five Truck Series races this year, with his best finish a fourth-place effort in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway. Lofton is driving the No. 6 Chevrolet for Sharp-Gallaher Racing.
Defending Truck Series champion James Buescher will start third in his No. 31 Chevrolet, following his speed of 176.309. Buescher trails series leader Matt Crafton by 41 points with six races remaining. Crafton will start fifth in his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Chevrolet.
In between those two title contenders is Jeb Burton infourth. Burton's speed of 176.068 mph came in his backup truck after the driver slapped the wall during the first 75-minute practice session. His crew meticulously took the engine out of his damaged primary car and installed it in the backup.
Filling out the top 10 are Brendan Gaughan (175.735), Miguel Paludo (175.513), Ron Hornaday Jr. (175.433), Max Gresham (175.387) and Chad Hackenbracht (175.177).
The Smith's 350 takes place later tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET, televised on FOX Sports 1.
It's a one-day show for the Camping World Truck Series, which first took to the track at 9 a.m. for the opening practice on a beautiful day in Las Vegas.