John Hunter Nemechek Wins the Pole for the Speediatrics 200by Kyle Pokrefky June 18, 2016 0 comments
NEWTON, Ia. — John Hunter Nemechek scored the first 21 Means 21 Pole Award of his career on Saturday and will lead the field to green for tonight’s Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway.
The driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Chevrolet circled the .875-mile circuit with a lap of 23.147 seconds to claim the pole for tonight’s race over Cameron Hayley, who clocked in with a time of 23.207 seconds.
From there, it was Ben Kennedy, Kaz Grala, William Byron, Brandon Jones, Johnny Sauter, Nick Drake, Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes that rounded out the top-10 for tonight’s starting grid.
Byron, a two-time race winner this season, paced the field in the opening 20-minute round of qualifying with a lap time of 22.926 seconds. The driver of the No. 9 Liberty University Toyota led the way ahead of Tyler Reddick, Crafton, Cole Custer and Christopher Bell.
In the second session, it was Kennedy who led the way with a lap of 23.049 seconds; a time good enough to best Rhodes, Hayley, Byron and Drake for the top spot.
Drivers to find themselves eliminated from pole contention following the second round were Bell, Rico Abreu, Reddick, Daniel Suarez, Daniel Hemric and John Wes Townley.
The No. 74 entry for Donnie Levister was the only truck to be sent home following the opening round of qualifying.
The 200-lap Speediatrics 200 will get underway at 8:30 p.m ET/7:30 p.m CT and will be broadcast live on both FOX Sports 1 and MRN.
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