Nemechek captures pole for Corrigan Oil 200

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John Hunter Nemechek (8) runs the low line into the trioval at Michigan International Speedway as Noah Gragson (18) and Todd Gilliland (4) run to his outside during final practice Friday. Nemechek took the pole for the Corrigan Oil 400 Saturday, while Gilliland and Gragson will start second and third. Eric Young/The SuperSpeedway

BROOKLYN, Mich. — It was almost a KBM front row, but final qualifier John Hunter Nemechek captured the pole for the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway Saturday by one one-thousandth of a second to earn his second career Camping World Truck Series pole.

Nemechek turned a lap of 39.121 seconds for an average speed of 184.044 mph. It is his first pole of the 2018 season, though Nemechek is not running the full truck series schedule. It’s his first pole at MIS.

Todd Gilliland looked like he was going to sit on the pole before Nemechek’s run, but he will have to settle for the outside of the front row as he qualified second. Noah Gragson will start third.

Matt Mills looked as if he could be the story earlier in qualifying as he earned the provisional pole in the J.F. Electric/Crosley Brands no. 54 Toyota. After qualifying was complete, he had been relegated to the fourth starting spot, still a significant improvement over his previous best qualifying run of 19th in his 10-race Truck Series career.

Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five Saturday.

The Corrigan Oil 200 is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. It will air live on FS1.


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