NASCAR: Cole Custer on pole for Truck Series at N.H.

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The battle for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship may be in for a twist today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

ThorSport Racing teammates Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are the top two in the standings with Crafton holding a five-point edge. But neither of them advanced out of the first round of qualifying for this afternoon’s UNOH 175.

Sauter was only able to qualify 18th, while Crafton, the defending Truck Series champion, didn’t post a lap at all. An electrical issue on his No. 88 Toyota Tundra forced his team to raise the hood, ending their session early.

Meanwhile, their closest pursuers in the championship qualified farther up and got critical track position for the start of today’s event.

Ryan Blaney (-16 points behind Crafton) and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. (-35 points behind Crafton) will both be starting on the second row – Wallace on the inside and Blaney on the outside.

But in front of them at the green flag will be pole sitter Cole Custer and Cameron Hayley.

The 16-year-old Custer collected his second career series pole for just his seventh career series start with a track-record lap of 131.897 mph. Hayley settled for second on the grid following a lap of 131.642 mph.

“The first run, it was so cold out that we couldn’t get the tires to come up [in temperature] and I almost wrecked on my out-to-go lap, but we got it better,” Custer told Fox Sports. “It was a whole team effort to get better, and we were able to get the pole.”

Brennan Newberry and Tyler Reddick will line up in Row 3, followed by Erik Jones and Timothy Peters in Row 4, then Joey Coulter and John Hunter Nemechek in Row 5.

The green flag for today’s UNOH 175 is expected to wave shortly after 1 p.m. ET (check local listings).


IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.


Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.



IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold


—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold


—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold