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Johnny Sauter takes the Truck Series pole position at Daytona

Johnny Sauter. Credits: NASCAR Camping World Trucks (Twitter).

The 42-year-old driver from Necedah, WI will take the green flag in Friday’s race.

The racing action for the NASCAR Truck Series continued with the qualifying session, in which 46 drivers did their best to clinch the spot for the main event – the race on Friday evening. The session was eventful indeed.

The no.68 truck of Clay Greenfield presented what looks like electrical issues with his truck and stopped on the track, needing assistance to get out of it. He did not manage to put on a lap with his brand new machine. James Buescher’s qualifying run was disallowed after he went below the yellow line trying to get some draft from a car that was going out. He, however, gets the Champion provisional. Timothy Viens was unable to start his qualifying run after one of the truck parts fell at the pit road.

Hailie Deegan had a strong qualifying, which was in fact her first qualifying in the Truck Series. She had a great run of 50.214s, which secured the 9th starting spot for the race. There were two more rookies in the top 10 of the qualifying: Chase Purdy finished 4th, while the practice winner Chandler Smith qualified 6th.

Norm Benning, Joe Nemechek, Spencer Davis, Jesse Iwuji, Dawson Cram, Ray Ciccarelli, Clay Greenfield, Timothy Viens, and Todd Peck were among those, who failed to qualify for the race. They would not be on the grid of the race.

Johnny Sauter came out on top of the qualifying session. The no.13 ThorSport Racing truck set the lap time of 49.733s. The reigning Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed was second with a 0.187s gap to Sauter, while Grant Enfinger lost 0.279s to his teammate to qualify third. The race would start in several hours.

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