Alex Tagliani is making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and on Saturday he earned the pole for Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the road course. He is driving the No. 19 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing.
The 40-year-old from Montreal, Canada set the pole speed in the second of two rounds of knockout qualifying with an average speed lap of 109.889 mph which beat the track second that James Buescher laid down during last season's first trip to the track.
Tagliani has made six career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and 22 starts in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series including six of the eight races held for that series this season. He is also a veteran of 131 CART races and 71 IndyCar Series races.
Rookie Gray Gaulding qualified second. Erik Jones will start third, German Quiroga fourth, Cole Custer fifth,and Andrew Ranger sixth. Ranger is also another Canadian driver making his Camping World Truck Series debut. Starting seventh will be Darrell Wallace Jr with Matt Crafton eighth, Timothy Peters ninth, and Cameron Hayley tenth. Hayley currently is second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points and is making his Truck Series debut. The 18-year-old is also from Canada. Rounding out the top 12 that advanced to the final round were points leader Johnny Sauter in 11th and Ben Kennedy in 12th.
Starting 13th will be Brennan Newberry with Ryan Blaney 14th, Joey Coulter 15th, John Hunter Nemechek 16th, and Jeb Burton 17th. There were only 28 trucks entered so all of them made the field.
The Chevrolet Silverado 250 can be seen Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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