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Derek Kraus on Truck Pole at Knoxville for 2nd Straight Year

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Derek Kraus is on the pole for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Knoxville Raceway.

The McAnally-Hilgemann Racing driver earned his third career pole and second straight at this track after he scored 15 passing points in his qualifying heat.

Carson Hocevar will line up alongside Kraus on the front row after winning the second qualifying race. Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen and Buddy Kofoid round out the top five after earning 12 passing points in their heats.

John Hunter Nemechek, who won qualifying race No. 1, starts sixth, while Ty Majeski is seventh. Qualifying race No. 3 winner Hailie Deegan lines up eighth, Todd Gilliland is ninth and Chandler Smith completes the top 10.

In the second 15-lap race, Hocevar came out on top, but not before he got turned by Chandler Smith. Hocevar got some damage to his splitter, while Smith also got some right-front damage as a result of their contact.

Deegan won qualifying race No. 3. Kofoid and Rhodes earned the most passing points with 12 each.

Gilliland dominated the third heat in his return to the Truck Series, while Friesen claimed 12 passing points thanks to a last-lap pass on Tanner Gray.

Braden Mitchell and Norm Benning did not qualify for the main event.

Starting Lineup for Truck Race at Knoxville

The Clean Harbors 150 runs June 18 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor while continuing to write daily fantasy and news articles. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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