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Kasey Kahne is well on his way to a fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. Making the most of the draft, the Sprint Cup veteran captured the pole for tonight’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kahne got the top spot after turning a 29.778-second lap.
Erik Jones will start on the outside of the front row after posting a lap .055 seconds slower than Kahne. His Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Matt Tifft will start third, while Brad Keselowski and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five. Scott Lagasse Jr., Tyler Reddick, Ray Black Jr., Matt Crafton and Ben Kennedy complete the top-10 starters.
While Kahne rode the the round three pole, a few contenders never made it out of round two. After a few drivers made laps, the entire field waited on pit road for the final minute to go out in a group and use the draft. When they waited too long to start going, Timothy Peters, Cameron Hayley, Brandon Jones and others failed to reach the start/finish line before time expired.
The field that made it to the line was scrambling to put down a time when Spencer Gallagher spun out of turn 4, forcing a caution. All teams that failed to reach the finish line before the caution also had their times disallowed, leaving Kahne advancing to the final round based off of his round one time.
The field was slowed for caution twice in qualifying, once when Justin Boston spun off turn 4 in round two and again for Gallagher’s round-ending spin. Boston and Gallagher were able to save their trucks, but failed to complete a lap in the round.
Coverage for the NC Education Lottery 200 will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.
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