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Coulter continues pole run with top spot at Vegas

September 29, 2012, ,

Joey Coulter can only hope that a recent Camping World Truck Series trend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway holds true as on Friday night he won the pole for the Smith's 350 with a speed of 176.632 mph (30.572 seconds).


On Saturday night (8 p.m. ET, SPEED), Coulter will attempt to become the fifth driver to win from the pole in the past seven races at Las Vegas. Coulter, who is fifth in the standings, 46 points behind leader Ty Dillon, posted his third pole of the season, the most in 2012. All have come in the past six races as he is the only repeat pole winner in the past 11 races with time trials.

Timothy Peters, who has fallen from the points lead to third place in three races, will start alongside Coulter on the front row. Peters posted a speed of 175.856 mph (30.707 seconds) for his first top-10 start in five races at Vegas.

David Mayhew, driving Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 18 Toyota, qualified in the third position in just his third start of the season. He'll be joined on Row 2 by Matt Crafton, who has top-five starts in his past three races at Vegas and his finished second there in two of the past three races.

Dillon will start fifth, right about at his series-best season average of 5.4.

James Buescher, who has won four of the seven 1.5-mile races this season, will start 15th.

Travis Pastrana (17th) and Ryan Reed (18th) will be making their Truck debuts.

Coulter also was fastest in the lone practice session.

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