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Ross Chastain takes Iowa pole

September 07, 2013, Staff report,

Erik Jones qualifies second, James Buescher third

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NEWTON, Iowa -- Twenty-year-old Ross Chastain emerged from a field of 36 trucks to earn his first-career Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award, narrowly besting 17-year-old Erik Jones at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.

Chastain, who started fifth and finished 13th here in July, ran the 0.875-mile asphalt loop in 22.968 seconds with a best speed of 137.147 mph to Jones’ 22.984/137.052.

Defending series champion James Buescher was third, followed by Brendan Gaughan and Ty Dillon to complete the top-five. Timothy Peters, who won the July race, will start sixth. After nudging Dillon out of the way to win last week’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Chase Elliott will start two spots behind him in seventh.

Series points leader Matt Crafton will start 12th after making the loop in 23.176 seconds, while German Quiroga, who set the track qualifying record in July at 138.620, qualified 18th at 134.944.

NASCAR Next driver Ben Kennedy qualified 22nd and Steve Wallace, the son of track minority owner and Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, will start behind Kennedy at 23rd.


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