Tyler Reddick won out after a frantic ending to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway ahead of tonight’s Winstar World Casino and Resort 350.
No one from the final round group of 12 drivers chose to head out onto the 1.5-mile oval until there was less than one minute remaining in the five-minute session. Johnny Sauter led a mad dash out of the pits, and all 12 drivers were able to make the start/finish line before time expired so they could log an official Round 3 lap.
In the end, it was Reddick, driving the No. 19 Ford F-150, that earned his second Truck Series pole in the last three races with a lap of 181.959 miles per hour.
“With how this qualifying is, it’s kind of a madhouse – you go and get out of your box as quick as you can, go sit in pit road for four minutes, and just wait until [you see] who’s gonna be the first one to move,” Reddick told Fox Sports. “We wanted to be way up there in case no one did get a lap, but once everyone went with plenty of time to go, it was all about getting the right gap.
“Once we were rolling down the backstretch – some people were probably thinking where they were at, they were not going to make it back [to start/finish] – I got enough time to make it back, so I just tried to get as big a gap as I could.
“The 20 [Brennan Newberry] stumbled a bit off of [Turn] 4, and I was able to take advantage of the draft and I had some clean air where I needed it most where lots of times you get really tight behind another vehicle.”
Starting alongside him on the front row will be Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch, who has won six times in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra this year – and all four times he’s raced on a 1.5-mile oval like Texas (Kansas, Charlotte, Kentucky, Chicago).
Defending Truck Series champion and current points leader Matt Crafton will start tonight’s race in third with Ben Kennedy on his outside in Row 2. Crafton’s main rivals for this year’s title, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ryan Blaney, will start in eighth and ninth respectively.
Green flag for the 147-lap event is scheduled to drop shortly after 8:30 p.m. ET this Halloween evening.