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David Gilliland wins pole for Truck Series race at Talladega


David Gilliland with the puppy Winston his family rescued from a Birmingham, Alabama, shelter a day before winning the pole for the Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Photo: Dustin Long

David Gilliland will start on the pole of Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gilliland qualified first with a top speed of 180.570 mph. It is his second Truck Series pole in 14 starts. Both came this year (Daytona).

Gilliland is joined on the front row by Spencer Gallagher (180.550 mph).

Gilliland’s son, Todd Gilliland, qualified sixth for his first race on a superspeedway.

“It’s the most meaningful race I’ve ever raced and here we are on the pole,” David Gilliland told Fox Sports 2.

The top five is completed by Timothy Peters (180.489), playoff driver Grant Enfinger (180.183) and playoff driver Johnny Sauter (179.939).

NASCAR disallowed Bo LeMastus’ second round time after he dipped below the yellow line on the frontstretch during his run. He will start 12th.

Where the remaining playoff drivers qualified:

Brett Moffitt - eighth

Matt Crafton - ninth

Stewart Friesen - 11th

Noah Gragson - 13th

Ben Rhodes - 14th

Justin Haley - 16th

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