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Peters takes pole, Crafton alongside for tonight’s Truck race at Las Vegas

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 16: Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, looks on prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2016 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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Timothy Peters earned his first pole of the season and will lead the field to green in tonight’s DC Solar 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Peters becomes the 13th different pole winner in the Truck Series this year with a field-best speed of 175.953 mph. It’s also his eighth career pole, his first pole since last fall at Talladega and only his second in the last four seasons.

Peters also is a former winner at the 1.5-mile speedway in Las Vegas.

“It would be huge (to get a win tonight),” Peters said on Fox Sports 1. “Hopefully, we can do that and get our first win of the year and secure a spot in the next round.

“We knew starting position was going to be critical. … This is huge for us going into tonight’s race. … I think we’ve got a good shot.”

Peters will share the front row with pole runner-up and two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (175.661 mph).

“First and foremost, we have a really good race truck,” Crafton told Fox Sports 1. “So, hopefully, that’ll carry on tonight when that sun goes down.

Third through 12th were Cole Custer (175.593 mph), Ben Kennedy (175.461), Spencer Gallagher (175.376), Daniel Hemric (175.353), John Wes Townley (175.154), Ben Rhodes (174.876), Cameron Hayley (174.780), six-time winner William Byron (174.278), Cody Coughlin (174.182) and Grant Enfinger (174.020).

Three Chase drivers failed to advance to the final round of qualifying: Johnny Sauter (174.216, will start 14th), John Hunter Nemechek (also 174.216, will start 15th) and Christopher Bell (174.104, will start 18th).

Truck Series qualifying at Las Vegas

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