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Ty Dillon on Pole for 2012 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Ty Dillon was fastest in first practice, which gave him the final qualifying spot for Truck time trials. He took full advantage of the cooling conditions and laid down a 29.733-second lap at a speed of 181.616 mph. Dillon bested Justin Lofton by .019 seconds to secure the top spot.

Lofton’s lap lasted 29.752 seconds which worked out to 181.500 mph. Dillon and Lofton were the only two drivers to eclipse the 181-mph mark.

Joey Coulter was the second RCR Chevrolet in the top-three spots. Coulter crossed the line in 29.884 seconds at 180.699 mph. The outside row two slot is going to be occupied by Timothy Peters, who made it around the mile-and-a-half track in 29.907 seconds at a speed of 180.560 mph. The final driver in the top five is Jason Leffler, who ran a 29.992-second lap at a speed of 180.048 mph.

This is Dillon’s first pole of his Camping World Truck Series career in his eighth start in the series. It is his fourth top-10 starting spot in 2012.

2012 NORTH CAROLINA EDUCATION LOTTERY 200 QUALIFYING SPEEDS

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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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