Ty Dillon to start truck race from the front
by LAVONTE YOUNG
TALLADEGA — Ty Dillon will start from the pole position in the 7th Annual Fred’s 250 on Saturday afternoon. Dillon turned in a lap of 177.291 miles per hour. This is Dillon’s third pole of the year.

“I am excited,” Dillon said. “I am excited for my guys. This goes to all of them. All I did was steer a rocket tonight and just held on. We ran a really fast lap. I have to thank all of the guys on my team. We really never put any emphasis on working on our Superspeedway stuff. We never went into the wind tunnel or anything. We just kept our truck from Daytona, we fixed the repairs that needed to be made. We really weren’t expecting to qualify that good. We were just concentrating on the race and trying to get through Talladega. It is really cool that we got that.”

Dillion has been successful in restrictor plate racing. Dillion won at Talladega in the ARCA race in 2011.

“We won here last year in the ARCA race, it is going to be a way different race,” Dillion said. “I think we are going to be great. I really enjoy Superspeedway races and it is only one way to look at it and that is to go for a win. We are going to have fun, my guys gave us a fast truck and it is just up to me to keep it upfront and hopefully, give the fans something to cheer about.”

Jason White finished second in qualifying with a lap of 176.617 mph.

“We always run good here at super speedways,” White said. “This Ford is really fast, it is the same truck that we had a Daytona leading with two to go two or three times and we couldn’t pull it off. The truck has been really good all weekend and it drives really well, so we thought it would be a top 5 qualifying. To get to second we are excited about that and we are ready to go for tomorrow.”

James Buescher third finished in the qualifying with a speed of 176.598.

“I think our Chevy was really good in practice,” Buescher said. “We knew we had a decent truck for qualifying. I figured it would be in the top 5 with a shot at the pole and that is just where we were, but we missed it by two tenths, so congratulations to the No. 3 that got another pole. We are right there with them, if this is not a championship battle I don’t know what is. We are one point apart and I am right on his bumper to start the race tomorrow. It is going to be a fun race and I am looking forward to it for sure.

Aric Almirola finished fourth, while Mobile native Cale Gale starts fifth. Kurt Busch finishes sixth, Todd Bodine finished seventh, Timothy Peter finished eighth, Parker Klogerman finished ninth and Ron Hornaday rounded out the top 10.

The green flag for the Fred’s 250 waves at 3 p.m. today.
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