Tagliani two-for-two on poles
Photo by Paul Ellis/TheRacingExperts.com
Alex Tagliani turns laps at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
BOWMANVILLE—Brad Keselowski Racing knows a thing or two about going fast at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, proving that by having countryman Alex Tagliani secure the pole position for the third annual running of the Chevy Silverado 250 on Saturday.
Tagliani, who won his class in the Canadian Tour Car Championship race just prior to qualifying, won the pole with a new track record of 110.539 after finishing first in second in the first two practice sessions consecutively. It was his second straight pole at the track in just his second career Truck start, beating the previous track record of 109.889 mph from a year ago (his own).
He'll have a chance to completely sweep the weekend at CTMP, having won a race already while having solid rides in three separate races on Sunday, including the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race early in the morning.
Using tips learned from his BKR teammate, Tyler Reddick piloted his No. 19 Cooper Standard Ford F150 to the top of the charts during a delayed opening qualifying period. Reddick's 110.276 mph lap in the first session was good enough to top the leaderboard in the first session, but he ultimately qualified fourth.
Good track position will likely play a big role in Reddick keeping atop of the point standings, where he currently holds a six point advantage over Matt Crafton.
Erik Jones looked to have the pole all sealed up in the final minutes with his speed of 110.466 mph, but Tagliani's last ditch effort was good enough to seal the pole. A year ago, the young Kyle Busch Motorsports driver rocketed his No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra into third place, trailing just Blaney and Quiroga at the end of the thrilling finish. Jones currently sits seven points behind Reddick in the points and just one behind Crafton's six point deficit.
Crafton won't have to worry about having a bad start on Sunday either, earning a third place starting position with a speed of 110.113. Cole Custer, who was a favorite all race long a year ago, will round out the top five, while the second Canadian in the field, Cameron Hayley, will roll off seventh.
Qualifying was halted just before the end of the first session due to a major crash. While all alone in turn eight, Robert Mitten lost control of his unsponsored No. 53 Dodge Ram, sending it hard into the tire barriers. The truck was destroyed as a result, and with no Dodge support, it's unlikely he'll get back on the track to fill out the 32 truck field.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is set for a 1:30pm ET start on Sunday on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Racing in Canada.