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Jeb Burton Wins The Pole At Talladega

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After some time of the track, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back in action. The time off didn’t seem to affect Jeb Burton as he will be leading the field to green at Talladega.

Burton won the pole for the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway when he posted a qualifying lap of 176.182 mph in 54.353 seconds. With the fastest time in Friday’s qualifying session, Burton captured his sixth pole of the 2013 season.

The pole win at Talladega is the latest feat Burton has accomplished in 2013. In his rookie season, Burton has captured the most poles than any other Truck Series driver and has a win at Texas.

Joining Burton in the front row will be Max Gresham. Kyle Busch will begin the race in third, followed by James Buescher and Ty Dillon to close out the top five.

The race at Talladega will begin the final stretch of the 2013 season for the Trucks Series. Beginning at Talladega, it will be the first of the final five races until the champion is crowned at Homestead.

Heading into the final five races, it’s go time in the race for the championship. Talladega comes around at the right time to help mix things up a bit and create a little bit of drama heading into the end.

Matt Crafton is still the points leader, but starting out of the top 10 on Saturday may be a challenge of its own. At Talladega, he needs to avoid any trouble if he wants to stay on top. Meanwhile, plenty of the top drivers in points are in the top 10 and if they manage to get a good finish at Talladega, they can make the five remaining races a tough road to the finish for Crafton.

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