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Ryan Blaney takes final Trucks pole of season

November 15, 2013, Staff report,

Crafton earns eighth-place starting position in hunt for owner's championship, title


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Rookie Ryan Blaney took his second pole of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the fastest lap of 168.120 mph, the only driver to break 168 mph in his single-lap qualifying attempt.

Johnny Sauter, Ty Dillon, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Ross Chastain will make up the other top five starters in the Ford EcoBoost 200.

One of Blaney's competitors for rookie of the year, Jeb Burton, looked primed to take the first starting spot, but a saved spin resulted in a lap of 165.827 mph. Burton will start 15th after turning a lap of 167.686 mph. Burton was fastest in practice earlier in the day; Blaney was fifth.

Points leader Matt Crafton will roll off the grid in eighth, securing his title as champion at the start of the race. Crafton will still be competing to clinch the a championship for ThorSport Racing team owner Rhonda Thorson, with the No. 88 coming into the race 23 points ahead of Kyle Busch's No. 51 in the owner's standings.

Busch and Brendan Gaughan tied on the leaderboard, both running laps of 166.348 mph. With more owner points of the two, Busch will start 12th in the No. 51, Gaughan 13th.

Jennifer Jo Cobb and Brad Riethmeyer did not qualify for the event, which will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET.


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