TRUCKS: Coulter Claims Top Spot

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It’s safe to say that Joey Coulter has a fast No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Silverado this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

After topping the speed charts in Friday’s lone practice at the 1.5-mile track, Coulter won the pole for tonight’s Smith’s 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race with a lap of 176.632 miles per hour. It was Coulter’s third career pole in 42 Truck Series starts.

Timothy Peters, who was second to Coulter in practice, put his No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota on the outside of Row 1 for tonight’s race with a lap of 175.856 mph.

Starting on the inside of Row 2 will be the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, which for the third consecutive race is being driven by David Mayhew. And Mayhew earned the third spot by running 175.673 mph. He’ll be flanked by veteran Matt Crafton in the first of the ThorSport Racing Toyotas. Crafton’s qualifying speed was 175.461 mph.

Truck Series points leader Ty Dillon qualified fifth in a second RCR Chevrolet, inside of teammate and Las Vegas favorite son Brendan Gaughan.

Miguel Paludo was seventh, followed by Justin Lofton, Grant Enfinger and Todd Bodine.

SPEED’s coverage from Las Vegas begins Saturday at 8 p.m. ET with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, followed by race coverage at 8:30 p.m.

Heading into the race, Dillon leads the points over James Buescher, who trails by 4 points. Peters (-26) is third, followed by Parker Kligerman (-30).

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for You can follow him online at