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Defending race champion Darrell Wallace Jr. will start from pole position for Saturday afternoon's Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race after finishing fastest in a slightly truncated qualifying session at Martinsville Speedway.
Wallace topped the final top 12 pole shoot-out round of qualifying with a lap of 19.679s (96.224mph) to pick up his second pole of the season and the third in 41 Truck starts. It puts Wallace in a strong position to win back-to-back autumn victories at Martinsville, a year on from what had been his maiden victory in the Truck Series.
Wallace normally drives the #54 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck, but for this weekend's race the vehicle has a special 'throwback' livery and the temporary number of #34 in honour of Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott. Scott was the first African-American driver to race full-time in NASCAR's premier series and to win a NASCAR premier series event in 1963. David Ragan is making a similar tribute in the Cup Series this weekend at Martinsville.
Lining up alongside Wallace for the green flag in the Truck Series race later today will be Red Horse Racing's Timothy Peters, who was just six thousandths of a second slower than Wallace on the half-mile short oval. On row two, defending Truck champion and current series points leader Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing) will start from third place with Cole Custer (Haas Racing Development) in fourth.
The rest of the top will is made up of Ryan Blaney (Brad Keselowski Racing), Gray Gaulding (NTS Motortsports), Johnny Sauter (ThorSport Racing), German Quiroga (Red Horse Racing), Jeb Burton (ThorSport Racing) and Tyler Reddick (Brad Keselowski Racing).
Turner Scott Motorsport's Ben Kennedy was the fastest driver not to make it into the final round and will start the race from 13th place, one row ahead of Wallace's KBM team mate Erik Jones who ended up a somewhat disappointing 15th place in the #51 Toyota.
Qualifying saw a quick caution early in the first round when Win-Tron Racing's Peyton Sellers spun coming out of turn 4 and damaged his splitter. There was a further caution 20 minutes in for Charles Buchanan Jr. spinning in turn 3, and Jody Knowles (Frank Ingram Racing) and Dustin Hapka (RSS Racing) also managed to get turned around.
German Quiroga was late to the action in the first round after his team needed to repair a loose spring under the brake pedal, but he proved fast enough to make it into the top-12 pole shoot-out only to then trigger the final caution of the session with less than a minute to go on the clock when he got loose in turn 4. He kept the #77 off the wall but was still forced to take the start of the race from the back of the field as a result of consequently needing some unapproved post-qualifying adjustments to the truck.
See full Truck Series qualifying results from Martinsville Speedway