NASCAR: Ryan Blaney Wins The Pole At Kentucky Speedway

By Christy Valdez
Michael Hickey – USA TODAY Sports

After some time off the track, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is set to open up the triple-header at Kentucky Speedway. As the Trucks kick things off at Kentucky, Ryan Blaney will lead the field to the green flag.

Blaney won the pole for Thrusday night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, posting a qualifying lap of 175.160 mph in 30.829 seconds. Thursday’s pole win is Blaney’s first career Truck Series pole award of the year.

Joining Blaney on the front row at Kentucky will be Darrell Wallace Jr., who led first practice. Wallace will be on the front row for the third time in his career.

John Wes Townley qualified in third, followed by Brendan Gaughan, Joey Coulter, Kyle Busch, Matt Crafton, German Quiroga, Timothy Peters, Miguel Paludo and Jeb Burton to close out the top 10.

Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski will attempt the triple-header along with Busch, qualifying in 12th.

Heading into Kentucky, it will be the first race back in action for the Truck Series since their last race at Texas about three weeks ago. Points leader Crafton will head into Thursday night’s race hoping to extend his points lead over recent race winner and second place in points, Burton.

Going into Kentucky should give reigning Truck Series champion James Buescher some confidence and hope of turning his season around. Buescher swept both Kentucky races in the 2012 season, his championship season. Buescher will be going out on the track in 13th.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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