The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is ready to kick off the race weekend at Chicago, with Jeb Burton leading the field to the green flag.
Burton won the pole for Friday’s EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway when he posted a qualifying lap of mph in seconds. It’s the fifth career pole of Bruton’s Truck Series career, and Friday night will also be Burton’s 21st career start.
Joining Burton on the front row will be Ty Dillon, who will start on the front row for the third time this season. Miguel Paludo qualified in third, followed by Justin Lofton and Brendan Gaughan to close out the top five.
Chicago is the next stop on the Trucks Series’ schedule and the next stop in the championship hunt. Current points leader Matt Crafton may still have a comfortable lead, but within the last few weeks the competition has been catching up.
After taking his second win of the 2013 season, defending champion James Buescher has been moving up within the points. With wins at Michigan and Iowa, Buescher has been improving from his slow start to the season and now sits in second in points. Now, just 37 points behind, Buescher is closing the gap on Crafton.
As the season continues to move forward, Buescher hasn’t been the only one to move up. Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Timothy Peters have also been working their way up as well.
Chicago may be the next stop in the schedule, but it will also determine if Crafton continues to lead the points, or if anymore drivers will continue to close the gap to challenge for the championship.