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Kaz Grala earns Truck Series pole at Daytona, giving GMS Racing front row

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With a speed of 180.676 mph, Kaz Grala made history with his pole for the Camping World Truck Series’ season opener at Daytona International Speedway. It’s his first NASCAR pole.

Grala, 18, became the youngest driver to ever win a pole at Daytona in a national NASCAR series. The native of Boston, Massachusetts, is the youngest driver in the 32-car field. Ten cars failed to qualify for the race.

Grala led a 1-2-3 sweep by GMS Racing, as defending race winner Johnny Sauter (180.227) will start second with Spencer Gallagher (179.935) following in third.

Filling out the top five is Christopher Bell and Timothy Peters.

“It’s very exciting for me, but honestly I’m more excited for my guys,” Grala told Fox Sports 1. “Jerry Baxter and everybody at GMS Racing, especially on the No. 33 crew. This piece is really, really nice. It’s a bullet. This is definitely for them. The next 100 laps, that’s going to be on me. They won what they needed to do this weekend. Now it’s going to be about driver-spotter communication.”

Joe Nemechek will start ninth in his first Truck race since June 2015.

Parker Kligerman, driving the No. 75 for Henderson Motorsports, was unable to make a qualifying attempt after a “catastrophic failure in the drive line” kept him from getting up to speed in the first round of qualifying.

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Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

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Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

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Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.

 

NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.