For the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night, John Hunter Nemechek earned the pole.
Kyle Busch Motorsports swept the top three spots in qualifying, with Nemechek (178.583 mph) leading the way. On the top row will be his boss, NASCAR Cup Series regular Kyle Busch (178.000 mph).
Nemechek won his first race with KBM at Las Vegas last March, holding off Busch in the penultimate lap.
“Being consistent, taking lines away from him – Kyle’s one of the greatest here in any NASCAR series or anything he gets in and drives,” Nemechek said when questioned by Fox Sports what it will take to defeat Busch on his home track again.
“We were able to duel it out with him last year and in some other races. Hopefully, we can do it again this year. … We have one fast Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, so hopefully, ours is a little bit better than his at the end of the night.”
Chandler Smith (177.801 mph), the third KBM driver, landed in Row 2 on the inside. Ben Rhodes, the defending Truck Series champion, will be sharing that row with him (177.655 mph).
Ryan Preece (177.363 mph) and Zane Smith are in row 3 of the standings (176.985 mph). For David Gilliland Racing, Preece will compete in the first of seven Truck races this season. Smith is coming off a victory in the Trucks’ season opener at Daytona Beach on February 18th.
Three-time Truck champion Matt Crafton qualified seventh (176.626 mph) for his 500th career Truck start; Ty Majeski qualified 10th (176.367 mph) after turning the fastest lap in the previous practise session; Hailie Deegan qualified 20th (175.461); and Todd Bodine qualified 23rd (174.848 mph) for his first Truck start since the 2013 season.
The only driver who did not qualify was Matt Jaskol.
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