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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Timothy Peters was consistent in the two Too Tough to Tame 200 practice sessions before qualifying and it paid off for him when the time came to lay it down in qualifying. Peters was the 17th truck on the track, which didn’t really make difference since the track temperature stayed relatively constant during the hour and five minute qualifying session. Peters turned a lap at 28.784 seconds for a speed of 170.845 mph.
James Buescher was the next to last truck to take to the track, but he laid down the second fastest time to start on the front row beside Peters. Buescher’s lap of 28.802 seconds for a speed of 170.738 mph just beat Justin Lofton, Peters’s teammate, who spent a good portion of qualifying in the second position on the speed chart. Lofton clocked a second lap at 28.836 seconds which is a speed of 170.537 mph, 34 hundredths of a second slower than Buescher.
Starting fourth on the grid will be Aric Almirola who’ll be trying to avoid the bad luck bug that has bitten him so many times this season. Almirola timed in at 28.909 seconds to be the last truck over the 170-mph mark with a speed of 170.106 mph.
Rounding out the top five is Ron Hornaday Jr. who was the second truck on the track and posted a 28.933-second lap for a speed of 169.995 mph. Hornaday’s teammate, Ken Schrader only missed Hornaday’s time by 18 hundredths of a second, clocking a 28.951-second lap at 169.859 mph. Austin Dillon, who was fastest in both practice sessions had a disappointing ninth-place qualifying effort. Points leader Todd Bodine is starting just ahead of Dillon in the eighth spot.
The race goes green at 7:48 p.m. ET.
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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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