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Ryan Preece Awarded Truck Pole at Homestead After Qualifying Rainout

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An afternoon drizzle persisted through Friday afternoon (Oct. 21) at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and with NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying scheduled directly afterward, the decision was made to cancel qualifying for the penultimate race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

With the rainout, the field was set by metric qualifying. Ryan Preece had the best metric score, and thus, he will start on pole for Saturday’s (Oct. 22) truck race in South Florida. The race will mark Preece’s first front row start in the Truck Series since Nashville Superspeedway in June, a race where he wound up in victory lane.

Starting on the outside pole is Ben Rhodes, who enters with only a five-point cushion above the playoff cut line. Last week’s winner Matt DiBenedetto will line up third, while Chandler Smith will roll off fourth in his penultimate start for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Christian Eckes — who recorded the fastest lap in practice — will start fifth.

Zane Smith, Hailie Deegan, Parker Kligerman, Stewart Friesen and Chase Purdy will make up the back half of the top 10 for the start of tomorrow’s 200-mile event.

John Hunter Nemechek (13th) and Ty Majeski (18th) and Grant Enfinger (23rd) are the three playoff drivers starting outside the top 10.

With 37 entries and 36 spots on the grid, Clay Greenfield was the lone driver that failed to qualify.


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Stephen Stumpf joined Frontstretch in September 2021 and currently pens the weekly columns 4 Burning Questions and Stat Sheet. He also contributes to Frontstretch with social media, editing and rotating commentary while occasionally serving as an on-site reporter.  A Texas native, Stephen started following NASCAR at age 9.

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