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David Gilliland Wins Truck Series Pole at Talladega

David Gilliland continues to be fast man in town when it comes to superspeedways.

The former Daytona 500 pole winner took the top spot in Camping World Truck Series qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday evening (Oct. 12) — completing a sweep of CWTS superspeedway poles in 2018. Gilliland won the pole earlier for the Truck race earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway.

All five of Gilliland’s NASCAR national touring series poles (three in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and two in CWTS) have happened at Daytona or Talladega.

Gilliland’s speed of 180.570 mph beat out Spencer Gallagher (180.550 mph) to top the scoring pylon when the session concluded.

Former Talladega winners Timothy Peters (180.550), Grant Enfinger (180.183) and Johnny Sauter (179.939) rounded out the top five. Peters was the fastest in the first round of qualifying.

Playoff drivers Brett Moffitt (179.568), Matt Crafton (179.538) and Stewart Friesen (178.994) will start in eighth, ninth and 11th, respectively.

Bo LeMastus’ lap in the final round of qualifying was disallowed for going below the yellow line during his lap. LeMastus will start the race in 12th.

Three playoff drivers failed to make it into the final round of qualifying: Noah Gragson (13th), Ben Rhodes (14th) and Justin Haley (16th).

One of the biggest surprises of the session was John Hunter Nemechek (175.991) qualifying in 31st.

Norm Benning, Joey Gase, Ray Ciccarelli and Jamie Mosley failed to qualify for the race.

FR8Auctions 250 Starting Lineup

The green flag for the Fr8Auctions 250 will wave on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14) at 1:10 p.m. EST. FOX and MRN will broadcast the race.

About the author

Michael Massie is a writer for Frontstretch. Massie, a Richmond, Va. native, has been a NASCAR superfan since childhood, when he frequented races at Richmond International Raceway. Massie is a lover of short track racing and travels around to the ones in his region. Outside of motorsports, the Virginia Tech grad can be seen cheering on his beloved Hokies.

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