NASCAR: Ryan Blaney on pole for tonight’s Truck Series race at Vegas


A final-round lap of 175.770 mph has given Ryan Blaney the pole for tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Blaney’s pole run in the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford was the culmination of a strange qualifying session on the 1.5-mile oval this afternoon.

With two minutes remaining in the 10-minute second round, only five drivers had posted a lap. That led to a mass exodus off of pit road, but with 18 seconds to go, the red flag came out for a spin involving John Wes Townley.

NASCAR needed some time to sort out who would be the Top 12 to advance to the final round. Ultimately, the matter was settled and Blaney went on to earn his second Truck Series pole of the year.

He’ll be joined on the front row by Darrell Wallace Jr., who posted a lap of 175.536 mph in his No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

Tayler Malsam (175.041 mph) and German Quiroga (174.723) will make up the second row, followed by current points leader Matt Crafton and Spencer Gallagher in Row 3.

Crafton takes a seven-point championship lead into tonight’s Rhino Linings 350K (146 laps, 219 miles) over ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter, who qualified 16th on the outside of Row 8. Defending race winner Timothy Peters will start 17th.

Last week’s winner at New Hampshire, 16-year-old racer Cole Custer, is not competing in Vegas. He will return to the circuit for two more races at Martinsville next month and at Phoenix in November.

Green flag for the race is scheduled to drop shortly after 10 p.m. ET.