Kasey Kahne captured the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 pole on Friday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway after barely making the final round. Kahne earned the pole after posting a lap of 29.778 seconds, 181.342 mph. under 45-seconds left in the session. The Washington native will start on the pole for the first time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In five starts, Kahne has driven to four victories.
Erik Jones will take the green flag right beside Kasey Kahne. Jones posted a lap of 29.833 seconds, 181.008 mph. in the final round of knockout qualifying. The second-place start will mark his third top five start of the 2015 season. The 18-year old from Michigan was 0.055 seconds slower than the pole sitter.
Matt Tifft earned his best starting position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday. Tifft will start the event from the third starting spot after a time of 29.915 seconds, 180.511 mph. His previous best start came at the Daytona International Speedway earlier this year with a 16th-place qualifying effort.
Matt Crafton, who holds the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point’s standings lead, will roll onto the track in the ninth position.
Three drivers went home after the first round of knockout qualifying. Those drivers were Brandon Brown, Ryan Ellis and Todd Peck.
There were two on-track incidents that involved Justin Boston in the first round. The other involved the No. 23 of Spencer Gallagher off turn four just after the conclusion of round two. Neither one made impact with the wall.