Ross Chastain of the No. 19 car earns his second career pole in the Camping World Truck Series this season, and is looking to end his season on the right note.
Chastain won’t have a say in the points standings as he is 337 points back of first place Matt Crafton, but he has an opportunity to give a great impression at an underrated tricky track at Phoenix. Chastain seemed to accomplish a rare feat at the track so far as he was able to avoid a disaster at turn three where many have struggled so far.
A lot of trucks got free in turn three, and even when you go to the Sprint Cup series, cars have had issues at turn three, and turn four.
So it begs the question: How many wrecks are we going to see this weekend? The good thing for Chastain is the fact that he will able to avoid being in traffic. The Sprint Cup cars also qualifying on before the truck race will bring a new dynamic in terms of seeing how the truck drivers adjust with the track changing continuously.
It will be interesting on how long Chastain stays up in the front as his practice speed has been a bit average at the track so far. In first practice, Chastain finished 15th, and in second practice finished fifth.
The track is expected to get hotter by the time of the race at 8:00 p.m. east coast time, and 5:00 p.m. west coast time.