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William Byron wins Truck Series pole for finale at Homestead

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William Byron will start from the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway after putting down a lap of 170.886 mph in the second round of Camping World Truck Series qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 200.

It is Byron’s third pole of the season as well as the third of his career. He will lead the field to the green flag alongside Cole Custer, who qualified second at 170.800 mph. Byron was also fastest in the two practice sessions held on Friday.

“It’s been an awesome year for everyone at (Kyle Busch Motorsports) on this Liberty University Tundra, so hopefully, we can kind of finish it off the way we started,” Byron told Fox Sports 1. “It’s so cool to get back-to-back poles. Last week (being eliminated from the Chase) was heartbreaking but we’re moving forward and we’ve got a great Liberty University Tundra this weekend. We’ll see what happens. This place is really cool. It’s going to race really awesome and we’ve got some tough competition from the guys running for a championship. Hopefully, we can do what we need to do to win.”

The rest of the top five were Kyle Larson (170.213 mph), Matt Crafton (169.747 mph), and Spencer Gallagher (169.678 mph).

Only two of the four Chase contenders advanced to the second and final round of qualifying.

Crafton will start fourth in his pursuit of a third championship. Rookie Christopher Bell (168.545 mph) will start eighth.

Fellow Chase contenders, Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter, will start 13th and 19th respectively.

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NASCAR America: NASCAR’s stars hit the track for the ‘Little 600’ (video)

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Like more than three dozen of his NASCAR Cup counterparts, Joey Logano is gearing up for the longest race of the year, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To warm up, Logano, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and other NASCAR drivers headed to the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina for the “Little 600.”

Check out how they fared in the above video that was on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.


Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, marking the second consecutive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has led the field to the green flag.

Harvick, a two-time Coke 600 winner, earned the top starting spot Thursday night with a lap of 193.424 mph in his Ford. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star Race.

Chase Elliott starts third and is followed by Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones.

Points leader Kyle Larson will start 39th in the 40-car field after not making a qualifying attempt. He hit the wall in practice and then his team couldn’t get through qualifying inspection until one minute remained in the opening round of the session. The team was unable to get Larson out of the garage in time to make an attempt.

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Slugger Labbe: How do crew chiefs prepare for grueling Coca-Cola 600? (video)

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Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe stopped by the NASCAR America studio in Charlotte on Thursday.

Labbe gave his perspective on how NASCAR Cup crew chiefs will prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While the race length will be the same as it has been for decades, one significant change will have crew chiefs developing strategy that they’ve never had to deal with in the 600, namely, four different race stages.

Labbe also gave his take on the positives and negatives of the Laser Inspection Station for both pre- and post-race inspections.

Check out the above video.

NASCAR: Remembering Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating 2016 Coca-Cola 600 win

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In one of the most dominating performances in NASCAR history, Martin Truex Jr. turned last year’s Coca-Cola 600 into a runaway one-man show, leading the field for 392 of 400 laps.

Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America took a look back at Truex’s record-setting win.

Check out the video above.