Nelson Piquet Jr. Right at Home With Pocono Truck Pole

[media-credit id=62 align=”alignright” width=”219″][/media-credit]Nelson Piquet Jr., who was racy in practice behind the wheel of his No. 30 Autotrac Chevrolet, scored the coveted pole position for the Camping World Truck race at Pocono. Piquet’s speed was 169.504 mph and a time of 53.096 seconds, a new track qualifying record.

This was Piquet’s second pole of the 2012 season. His first pole was in Rockingham in the spring of this year.

“I feel at home when I come to Pocono,” Piquet Jr. said. “Everyone is so welcoming and there are some diehard race fans in Pennsylvania.”


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“After a weekend off, I’m always more than ready to get back to the racetrack,” Piquet Jr. continued. “It’s going to be an exciting race at the ‘Tricky Triangle.’

“I would love to get my first NCWTS win at a track I feel so welcomed at.”

What Piquet Jr. did not share was that he really did not off the weekend off. The young driver completed the Chicago Rock’n’Roll Half-Marathon, with a speed of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 43 seconds, as well as celebrated his 27th birthday.

Piquet Jr., however, will have a challenge on his hands, having to battle Richard Childress Racing phenom Ty Dillon for the race win.

Dillon qualified his No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, in the outside pole position at a speed of 169.252 mph and a time of 53.175 seconds.

This was Dillon’s ninth top-10 start for the 2012 season.

“I’m excited to see what it’s really like to race on the new surface,” Dillon said. “I had a lot of fun there last year and earned a win in the ARCA Racing Series.”

Miguel Paludo, with a speed of 168.631 mph and a time of 53.371 seconds, posted his first ever top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. This is the sixth in eleven races this season for the driver of the No. 32 Duroline Brakes Chevrolet.

Joey Coulter, who had to go out last in the qualifying run due to Justin Lofton’s spin, qualified fourth in his No. 22 RCR/darrellgwynnfoundation.com Chevrolet. James Buescher, behind the wheel of the No. 31 Koike Aronson/Ransome Chevrolet, rounded out the top five.

 

Starting Lineup
Pocono Mountains 125, Pocono Raceway
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet 169.504 53.096
2 3 Ty Dillon* Chevrolet 169.252 53.175
3 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet 168.631 53.371
4 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet 168.53 53.403
5 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 168.143 53.526
6 2 Tim George Jr. Chevrolet 167.645 53.685
7 5 Paulie Harraka* Ford 167.448 53.748
8 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 167.33 53.785
9 88 Matt Crafton Toyota 167.299 53.796
10 9 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 167.119 53.854
11 9 John Wes Townley* Toyota 166.793 53.959
12 11 Todd Bodine Toyota 166.698 53.99
13 13 Johnny Sauter Toyota 166.396 54.088
14 23 Jason White Ford 165.99 54.22
15 33 Cale Gale* Chevrolet 165.63 54.338
16 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota 165.596 54.349
17 29 Parker Kligerman Ram 165.484 54.386
18 98 Dakoda Armstrong* Toyota 165.484 54.386
19 99 Bryan Silas* Ford 164.423 54.737
20 8 Ross Chastain* Toyota 163.304 55.112
21 93 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 161.241 55.817
22 7 Jeff Agnew Toyota 161.005 55.899
23 84 Chris Fontaine Chevrolet 159.691 56.359
24 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ram 169.665 56.368
25 27 C E Falk Chevrolet 159.295 56.499
26 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 158.73 56.7
27 28 Wes Burton Chevrolet 158.59 56.75
28 38 Chris Jones Chevrolet 158.231 56.879
29 174 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 157.312 57.211
30 282 Sean Corr Ford 156.125 57.646
31 225 Brandon Knupp Chevrolet 155.491 57.881
32 159 Kyle Martel Chevrolet 151.172 59.535
33 0 Chris Lafferty Ram 149.43 60.229
34 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 147.278 61.109
35 6 Justin Lofton+ Chevrolet
36 175 Adam Edwards Chevrolet 131.886 68.241

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