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Erik Jones Edges Out the Boss to Win 2015 Pocono Mountains 150 Pole at Pocono

Beating the boss is quite impressive. Beating Kyle Busch is even more so, especially with his hot streak as of late.

19-year-old Erik Jones earned his fourth pole award of the year, edging out his Kyle Busch Motorsports owner/teammate in the final round of qualifying on Saturday morning for the Pocono Mountains 150. Clocking in a time of 54.151 seconds (166.202 mph), Jones outran Busch, who is making his 2015 debut in the Camping World Truck Series.

Jones enters Pocono third in the championship standings, 24 points behind two-time reigning champion Matt Crafton, who will start third. After Saturday’s Truck Series event, he is scheduled to run the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa in the evening. His lone Truck Series victory in 2015 came at Iowa, and he has eight top 10s this year while piloting the No. 4 truck.

Cup Series regulars Brad Keselowski and Austin Dillon qualified fourth and fifth, respectively, as they both look for their first Truck Series wins of the year. Kevin Harvick will start seventh for JR Motorsports as he makes a rare start in the No. 00 truck.

Tim Viens was the lone DNQ for the 150-mile race. The green flag for the event at Pocono is scheduled for just after 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.


About the author

Joseph started with Fronstretch in Aug. 2014 and worked his way up to become an editor in less than a year. A native of Whitestone, New York, Joseph writes for NASCAR Pole Position magazine as a weekly contributor, along with being a former intern at Newsday and the Times Beacon Record Newspapers, each on Long Island. With a focus on NASCAR, he runs our social media pages and writes the NASCAR Mailbox column, along with other features for the site.

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