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Charlotte Truck starting lineup: Tanner Gray wins pole

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Tanner Gray will lead the field to the green flag Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway after scoring his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole.

The 24-year-old Gray earned the top spot with a lap of 180.385 mph Friday afternoon. Ty Majeski will join Gray on the front row after a lap of 180.180 mph.

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Corey Heim qualified third with a lap of 180.102 mph. He was followed by rookie Rajah Caruth (179.581 mph) and Stewart Friesen (179.158).

David Gilliland, making his first series start since 2021, qualified ninth with a lap of 178.560 mph.

Friday’s race is the opening event of the Triple Truck Challenge. The winner of Friday’s race receives a $50,000 bonus. The race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday.