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Cole Custer‘s bid to make NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series Chase is off to a promising start north of the border. The teenager won the pole for Sunday’s road course race at Canadian Motorsports Park, beating out Austin Cindric to earn the top spot with a speed of 111.808 mph.
Custer, sitting 50 points below the postseason cutoff will almost certainly need to win to make the eight-truck field this September. This speedway in Bowmanville, Ontario is one where he’s never run better than ninth but hopes are up after both the qualifying effort and Custer’s spot atop the Happy Hour practice chart. He’ll start alongside Cindric, a fellow teenager who clocked in a career best second in just his fourth NASCAR Truck Series start.
Heading into Sunday’s event it’s been Custer and Hemric who have posted the fastest speed in practices. John Hunter Nemechek posted the second-best speed in Happy Hour but had a disappointing qualifying effort and will start back in 13th.
The race can be viewed on Fox Sports 2 with the green flag dropping at approximately 2:45 ET.