NNS: Ryan Truex grabs first career pole at home track

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There’s no place like home, and Ryan Truex proved that Saturday morning.

Making just his 29th career start, Truex was able to drive his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to the top of the speed charts.

Truex’s lap of 23.264 sec/ 154.746 MPH was faster than the rest of the 43 car field, and Joey Logano who is Truex’s teammate this weekend for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Truex’s hometown of Maynetta, NJ is just a few miles from Dover and like his brother, Truex considers Dover his home track.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Truex to ESPN reporters after his lap about sitting on the pole near his hometown. “These guys gave me an awesome car this weekend.”

This is Truex’s first pole, but it isn’t his first start. However for Ty Dillon, who is making his first start, ever will be starting in the top-five. Not only will Dillon be starting in the top-five, he’ll have a better starting position for the green flag than his brother and Richard Childress Racing  teammate, Austin.

Ty will start third and Austin will start in the 11th position when the green flag flies this afternoon.

Just a short time ago, no one knew if Truex was even going to be racing this weekend at his hometown track as he was going  under the knife for an  appendicectomy. Truex healed in time and joked to ESPN reporters that he is now lighter on his right side to help make the car go faster,

When asked who to give the credit for, for the fast lap Truex mentioned his crew.

“It’s these guys,” Truex said about his crew. “I just drive the car, they set it up.”

Rounding out the top-five in qualifying was Ricky Stenhouse Jr.in fourth and Brian Scott in fifth. The fastest Dodge was Sam Hornish Jr. in 10th.

Starting lineup:

  1. Ryan Truex
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Ty Dillon
  4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
  5. Brian Scott
  6. Elliott Sadler
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Mike Bliss
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Sam Hornish Jr.
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. Parker Kligerman
  13. John Wes Townley
  14. James Buescher
  15. Jeremy Clements
  16. Scott Speed
  17. Danica Patrick
  18. Josh Richards
  19. Cole Whitt
  20. Tayler Malsam
  21. Joe Nemechek
  22. Brad Sweet
  23. Michael Annett
  24. Josh Wise
  25. Kevin Lepage
  26. Timmy Hill
  27. Mike Wallace
  28. Jeff Green
  29. Erik Darnell
  30. Jason Bowles
  31. Tim Andrews
  32. T.J. Bell
  33. Matt DiBenedetto
  34. Jamie Dick
  35. Morgan Shepherd
  36. Joey Gase
  37. Matt Carter
  38. Scott Riggs
  39. Mike Harmon
  40. Brad Teague
  41. Blake Koch
  42. Tim Bainey Jr.
  43. Tony Raines

 

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