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TRUCKS: Busch Claims Dover Pole

So far this week, Kyle Busch has kicked him some major Monster Mile behind.

Busch, the owner/driver of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, was the fastest in both of Thursday’s practice sessions for this afternoon’s Dover 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway. Friday morning, he followed that up by capturing the pole for the race, the sixth Truck Series pole of his career in 73 attempts and his second this season.

“It’s a busy weekend with Trucks, Nationwide and Cup but I’m looking forward to it,” said Busch, who will race in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions this weekend. “We’ve got a lot of laps to run today and we’ve got a really, really good race truck. So we practiced yesterday with our Toyota Tundra and it was pretty fast so we’re looking forward to today and hoping that we can keep it going and try to win one more for Kyle Busch Motorsports and all of the guys there that work so hard.”

Starting outside of Busch on Row 1 will be the Kevin Harvick Inc. No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado, which this week is being driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Elliott Sadler.

Kansas winner Johnny Sauter in his No. 13 ThorSport Racing Chevy will roll off third, flanked by 2008 Truck Series champions Johnny Benson in one of Billy Ballew’s Toyotas.

Row 3 features a pair of Truck Series champions, with fifth place claimed by the Mike Skinner and the Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota. Four-time and defending Truck Series champ Ron Hornaday Jr. will start on the outside of Row 3.

Completing the top 10 were Aric Almirola, Truck Series points leader Timothy Peters, Matt Crafton and James Buescher.

Ricky Carmichael crashed in qualifying, after suffering a fire yesterday.

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of SPEEDtv.com, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. You can follow him online at twitter.com/tomjensen100 and e-mail him at Jensen is the author of “Cheating: The Bad Things Good NASCAR Nextel Cup Racers Do In Pursuit of Speed,” and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Jensen is the past President of the National Motorsports Press Association and an NMPA Writer of the Year.