Riley Herbst is the fastest trucker in Daytona.
With a speed of 181.657 miles per hour, the Las Vegas native nabbed the pole for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on Friday afternoon (Feb. 14). The pole is the first of Herbst’s career.
Brett Moffitt, who was one of the first drivers to post a qualifying time, fell just short of Herbst’s time. The GMS Racing driver will start second after clocking in a speed of 181.642 mph.
Brennan Poole edged out Joe Nemechek for the last qualifying spot based on time. Nemechek, along with Norm Benning, John Hunter Nemechek, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ray Ciccarelli, Clay Greenfield and Todd Peck failed to qualify for the field of 32 trucks.
Despite being entered, two drivers withdrew before qualifying. Josh Reaume pulled his entry after suffering mechanical gremlins in Thursday’s practice, while Tim Viens‘ truck failed to show up at the track after the Mike Affarano Motorsports hauler was involved in a highway accident en route to Flordia.
The NextEra Energy Resources 250 is scheduled for later Friday night (Feb. 14), with the green flag scheduled to drop at 7:30 pm ET. TV coverage is provided by FOX Sports 1.