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Cole Custer Claims Kroger 200 Pole

Cole Custer Claims Kroger 200 Pole

by October 31, 2015 0 comments

Cole Custer took his third career 21 Means 21 Pole Award on Saturday morning and will lead a 32-truck field to green in today’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

Custer, 17, completed a lap of 19.530 seconds in his No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet to pick up his first pole of the season by 92 thousandths of a second over second-place qualifier Cameron Hayley.

Behind Custer and Hayley, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Hemric, Daniel Suarez, Gray Gaulding, Erik Jones, Tyler Young and Ben Kennedy will fill out the top-10 of today’s starting grid.

Hayley was the fastest driver in Q1 with a lap of 19.782 seconds in a session that had Ross Kenseth and John Wes Townley fail to advance to the second of three qualifying rounds for the Kroger 200.

Norm Benning, Brandon Brown, Charles Buchanun Jr. and Jimmy Weller were the four drivers to fail to qualify for today’s race.

Fifth-place qualifier Hemric was fastest in Q2 with a lap of 19.626 seconds. Matt Crafton, Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Dalton Sargeant and Johnny Sauter were notable names to fail to advance to the final round.

The Kroger 200 is set for a 1:30 p.m ET start later today and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the Kroger 200

  1. 00 – Cole Custer – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 19.530 | Leader
  2. 13 – Cameron Hayley# – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 19.622 | -0.092
  3. 8 – John Hunter Nemechek# – Chevrolet – SWM-NEMCO Motorsports – 19.679 | -0.149
  4. 19 – Tyler Reddick – Ford – Brad Keselowski Racing – 19.696 | -0.166
  5. 14 – Daniel Hemric# – Chevrolet – NTS Motorsports – 19.720 | -0.190
  6. 51 – Daniel Suarez(i) – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 19.752 | -0.222
  7. 54 – Gray Gaulding – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 19.762 | -0.232
  8. 4 – Erik Jones# – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 19.781 | -0.251
  9. 02 – Tyler Young – Chevrolet – Young’s Motorsports – 19.813 | -0.283
  10. 11 – Ben Kennedy – Toyota – Red Horse Racing – 19.859 | -0.329

Photo Credit: Tyler Goodsen/The Fourth Turn

Kyle Pokrefky
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