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Chandler Smith on Pole For 2019 M&M’s 200, Iowa Qualifying Cancelled

Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the NASCAR schedule Saturday, June 15 for on-track activities at Iowa Speedway. Rain moved the first Xfinity Series practice to 5:30 p.m. ET while Gander Outdoor Truck Series qualifying was cancelled for the 2019 M&M’s 200.

Tonight’s starting lineup is now set based on owner points. That means last night’s ARCA race winner at Madison International Speedway, Chandler Smith, will make his NASCAR Truck Series debut from the pole. Smith posted the fastest single lap in first practice earlier Saturday and will race the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton, and Kyle Benjamin round out the top-five qualifiers. Friesen was ninth fastest in both practices while Crafton was eighth fastest in the first session. None of these drivers have won a race thus far in the Truck Series this season.

Finishing up the top-10 starters are Brett Moffitt, ThorSport teammates Ben Rhodes and Johnny Sauter, Austin Hill and Harrison Burton. All five of these drivers posted top-10 times in at least one of the two practice sessions.


32 trucks were entered so all drivers wound up making the race. Lou Goss was scheduled to attempt his Truck Series debut in a No. 74 truck purchased from Mike Harmon earlier this year but withdrew.

The 2019 M&M’s 200 is set to air at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. The weather is supposed to clear up in time for tonight’s race.


About the author

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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