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Tyler Reddick Grabs First Ever 21 Means 21 Pole Award

Tyler Reddick Grabs First Ever 21 Means 21 Pole Award

by October 17, 2014 0 comments

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Tyler Reddick secured his very first 21 Means 21 Pole Award on Friday afternoon and will lead the field to the green flag for his 13th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start on Saturday for the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Reddick ran a lap of 51.256 seconds in the final round of qualifying to grab the fourth pole of the season for Brad Keselowski Racing.

The 18-year-old from Corning, California’s lap would also be quick enough to break the previous track record held at Talladega with the benefit of today’s qualifying being the first time group qualifying was used at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

Rounding out the top-10 of Q3 would be Tayler Malsam, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Jeb Burton, Joe Nemechek, John Wes Townley, and Mason Mingus.

“It means a lot to get a pole in my rookie year,” Reddick said of his pole-winning performance. “We’ve had some previous opportunities to capture a great qualifying run and potentially a pole – we just came short … it means a lot to get it for BKR and the No. 19 team, Drawtite, Ford, obviously and everybody that’s been a part of the organization for the last couple years.

We’ve worked our tails off. We started with poles and we’re working on wins and the team’s gotten a few of those this year and hopefully we can continue that.”

Today marked the debut of a new qualifying format for the restrictor plate races, the Trucks being the official ‘guinea pig’ for the new format.

Q1 was ran in two separate groups that were determined by a random draw with each group having five minutes to set a lap. The fastest 24 drivers from the combination of both sessions would advance to Q2.

Some big names would fall to the wayside after Q1. Timothy Peters and Darrell Wallace Jr. would fail to advance to the next round after not getting enough speed in their respective draft packs during their respective sessions. Milka Duno and Mike Harmon both would not turn a single lap in Q1 after both had issues in this morning’s two-hour practice session.

Q2 would be run with a single five minute session, shortened from its usual length of 10 minutes. The 24 drivers to take a lap would wait until two minutes and 45 seconds were remaining on the clock until they left pit road; in the frantic action to take place on the track during the minute-and-a-half they had to get a lap in, Jones would go fastest in the session over Townley, Nemechek, Burton, and Blaney.

Ben Kennedy, Ron Hornaday Jr., Brennan Newberry, Joey Coulter, Daniel Suarez, and Spencer Gallagher would be among the drivers to fail to advance from Q2.

The final five minute round of qualifying had a variety of strategies from the 12 driver vying for the pole play out. Blaney would go out early by himself while the rest of the field would leave sporadically prior to three minutes remaining on the clock.

As the field finished their final laps, the pole would bounce around between several drivers before ultimately landing in the hands of the driver of the No. 19 Drawtite Ford.

Reddick will lead the field to green for tomorrow’s 94-lap Fred’s 250. Tomorrow’s race will start at 1:00 p.m EST (12:00 p.m CST) and will be broadcast live on FOX.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the Fred’s 250

  1. 19 – Tyler Reddick# – Ford – Brad Keselowski Racing – 51.256 | Leader
  2. 32 – Tayler Malsam – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports – 51.287 | -0.031
  3. 88 – Matt Crafton – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 51.366 | -0.110
  4. 98 – Johnny Sauter – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 51.407 | -0.151
  5. 29 – Ryan Blaney – Ford – Brad Keselowski Racing – 51.618 | -0.362
  6. 51 – Erik Jones – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 51.678 | -0.422
  7. 13 – Jeb Burton – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 51.686 | -0.430
  8. 8 – Joe Nemechek – Toyota – SWM-NEMCO Motorsports – 51.719 | -0.463
  9. 05 – John Wes Townley – Toyota – Athenian Motorsports – 52.418 | -1.162
  10. 15 – Mason Mingus# – Chevrolet – Billy Boat Motorsports – 52.422 | -1.166

# = Rookie.

Kyle Pokrefky
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