Erik Jones wins pole for NASCAR Trucks at Phoenix with track-record run

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Erik Jones will start from the pole position in tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, while series points leader Matt Crafton will start alongside him in the front row.

Jones set a new Truck Series qualifying record at PIR with his lap of 135.532 mph in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra. He’ll be looking to claim his third victory of the season after earlier triumphs at Iowa and Las Vegas.

“We made two runs there and we couldn’t ask for anything better than that,” Jones told Fox Sports. “It’s a fast Dollar General Tundra from kinda when we unloaded.

“We made good adjustments [in practice] yesterday, and everybody did a good job getting it to where I want it to be. I think it’s gonna be good tonight, and I hope it comes alive even more when the night kicks in.”

Jones easily bested Crafton in the final round of qualifying by more than two-tenths of a second.

But Crafton, the defending Truck Series champ, will still have an early advantage against his current title rival, Ryan Blaney, who failed to advance from the first round and must start 17th. Crafton holds a 23-point lead over Blaney going into the next-to-last race of 2014.

“I do have a truck capable of racing with [Jones] in race trim, but man, the 51’s got the speed in [qualifying] trim, that’s for sure,” Crafton said to Fox after quals. “Hopefully, we’ve got something for them at the end of the night.”

A pair of Turner Scott Motorsports drivers make up the second row with Ben Kennedy on the inside and recently crowned K&N Pro Series East champ Ben Rhodes on the outside.

Joey Coulter and Spencer Gallagher are in Row 3, followed by Tyler Reddick and John Hunter Nemechek in Row 4. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace and Timothy Peters will go off from Row 5, while Sprint Cup rookie Austin Dillon is set to go from 12th position on the outside of Row 6.

Green flag for the Lucas Oil 150 is scheduled to drop later tonight, shortly after 8:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix – Starting Lineup

Barber IndyCar iRacing results

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Scott McLaughlin led the final six laps Saturday and finished 0.4241 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power to win the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Speed finished third behind the Team Penske drivers. Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five.

Click here for the full boxscore from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Barber Motorsports Park.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

Other notable finishers:

Colton Herta (seventh), Robert Wickens (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Graham Rahal (14th), Alexander Rossi (22nd).

Sage Karam led a race-high 24 laps but retired from the 45-lap event because of a crash and finished 27th of 29 drivers.