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John Hunter Nemechek Snags Pole for Las Vegas Truck Race

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins the Round of 8 this week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. John Hunter Nemechek is on the pole for Friday’s (Sept. 24) event, the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200.

Nemechek finished third last week at Bristol Motor Speedway but currently leads the points standings.

His Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate and Bristol victor Chandler Smith starts next to Nemechek on the front row. Stewart Friesen and Zane Smith make up the second row, while Niece Motorsports’ Carson Hocevar completes the top five.

ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes begin sixth and seventh, respectively, while Todd Gilliland starts eighth. All championship-eligible drivers automatically start inside the top eight in NASCAR’s off-track qualifying system.

Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill round out the top 10 for Friday’s 37-car grid.

See also
Tracking the Trucks: Chandler Smith Scores 1st Career Win at Bristol Motor Speedway

Since there’s no on-track qualifying until the championship race at Phoenix Raceway, the starting lineup was set by performance metrics. The following four categories were weighted and added up for a total: fastest lap (15%), driver’s and car owner’s finishing position (25% each) and rank in owner points (35%). The driver with the lowest total started on the pole, then the next lowest, etc. until all spots were filled.

Truck Lineup for Las Vegas

The Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 airs on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

About the author

Joy Tomlinson

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 watching motorsports 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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