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Parker Kligerman To Start From The Pole In 2012 Truck Series Finale

Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

As the 2012 NASCAR season comes to an end, Parker Kligerman will lead the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field to the green flag in the trucks’ season finale.

In the final qualifying session of the year Kligerman won the pole during Friday’s qualifying session at Homestead-Miami Speedway when he posted a lap of 168.824 mph in 31.986 seconds.  Kligerman’s pole win Friday is his second pole of the 2012 season, his first was at the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa. Friday’s pole win is also the second of his career.

Joining Kligerman on the front row for the Ford Ecoboost 200 will be Kyle Larson followed by Ty Dillon, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Cale Gale to close out the top five.

Kligerman and Larson posted the same qualifying speed and lap but Kligerman won the pole by owner points.

Championship contenders qualified with the top 17 for the final race of the season. Dillon will have the advantage over his competitors in starting spots, as he starts off in third. Timothy Peters qualified in 14th and James Buescher qualified in 17th.

Kyle Busch, Miguel Paludo, Ron Hornaday Jr., Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter round out the top ten.

During Friday’s qualifying session 38 trucks made qualifying laps for the Ford Ecoboost 200. Mike Harmon and Sean Corr failed to make the race field.

Heading into the final race of the season Buescher goes in with the points lead in the championship race. Peters will start the race with 11 points behind Buescher in the championship hunt followed by Dillon in third with 12 points behind.

Buescher can capture the Truck Series title with a seventh place finish with no laps led. He can also walk out of Homestead as the champion if he finishes eighth with one lap led or more laps led as well as a ninth place finish with most laps led.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy