Elliott gets the Truck pole at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Chase Elliott will lead the field to the green flag this afternoon after topping the chart in the final round of Truck Series qualifying at Martinsville.

The driver of the No. 71 Contreras Motorsports Chevrolet scored the pole for the Texas Roadhouse 200 after posting a time of 19.673 and a speed of 96.254 mph.

It’s his second career pole in 10 Camping World Truck Series starts, first of 2016 and first at Martinsville Speedway.


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Daniel Suarez will start second in his No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota after posting a time of 19.741 and a speed of 95.922 mph. Cole Custer will start third in his No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet after posting a time of 19.745 and a speed of 95.903 mph. Tyler Reddick will start fourth in his No. 29 Brad Keselowski Motorsports Ford after posting a time of 19.749 and a speed of 95.883 mph. Johnny Sauter will round out the top-five in his No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet after posting a time of 19.755 and a speed of 95.854 mph.

Christopher Bell will start sixth in his No. 4 KBM Toyota. William Byron will start seventh in his No. 9 KBM Toyota. Cameron Hayley will start eighth in his No. 13 ThorSport Racing Toyota. Matt Tifft will start ninth in his No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota. Kay Grala will round out the top-10 in his No. 24 GMS Chevrolet.

Matt Crafton will start 11th and John Hunter Nemechek will round out the 12 drivers that made the final round out qualifying.

Ben Kennedy will start 18th and Timothy Peters will be the lowest starting Chase driver in 19th.

Brad Foy, Donnie Levister, Casey Smith and Kyle Soper failed to make the race.

A total of 16 Chevrolet’s, 12 Toyota’s and four Ford’s will comprise the 32-truck field for this afternoon’s race.

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