Nelson Piquet Jr. of Brazil won the pole for tomorrow’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway.
SPEED will televise the Rockingham Truck Series race Sunday afternoon, starting with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by the race at 1 p.m. Sunday’s event will be NASCAR’s first race at the historic North Carolina one-mile oval since 2004.
For Piquet, the son of the three-time Formula 1 champion, it was his first Truck Series pole in 33 career starts, as he lapped the mile oval at 144.387 miles per hour in his No. 30 Qualcomm/AutoTrac Chevrolet Silverado. His previous best effort was an outside pole at Bristol Motor Speedway last August.
“Our team was very strong when we tested (here) last winter,” Piquet said of Rockingham. “I'm ready to get into a rhythm where we're fighting for a championship by having consistent finishes, and the first two races of the season made it hard to determine the competition. I think a track like Rockingham Speedway will show who is actually strong, and who isn't."
Rookie Paulie Harraka qualified second in the No. 5 Send A Soldier To The Rock Ford F-150, followed by Timothy Peters in the No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra. Then came Jason Leffler in the Kyle Busch-owned No. 18 Dollar General Toyota and Brad Sweet’s No. 4 Rockwell Tools Chevy. Sweet qualified the truck, but it will be Kasey Kahne who will race it on Sunday. Kahne, who will compete in tonight’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, will start the truck race from the back of the field.
The second five was led by Parker Kligerman in his Brad Keselowski-owned Ram. Then came two-time series champion Todd Bodine, Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter.
Failing to make the show were Clay Greenfield, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chris Fontaine, Wes Burton and Brian Weber.
With two of 22 races in the books, Daytona winner John King leads Peters and Justin Lofton by one point each and Ty Dillon by four points.
Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of SPEED.com, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. You can follow him online at twitter.com/tomjensen100.