“First off, I want to thank my team; they did a really good job for me,” Burton said. “Everybody at Turner Scott; Hendrick horse power was awesome just like it is every week. We have Kangaroo Express on this week and it is two in a row for them. We got the pole at Charlotte with them and it is was really cool. I have to thank air head. My guys do a good job for me and it is really cool to have the sixth pole and we are fourth in points. The next five races, counting tomorrow (Saturday), we are really excited for. Next week, we go back to one of my favorite race tracks and one we should have won earlier in the year at Martinsville. Tomorrow should be a good race, and hopefully we can keep that thing out front.”
Burton had a qualifying lap of 54.353 seconds to take the pole. He is the eighth different pole sitter for the fred’s 250. Burton enters today’s race looking to stay in contention for the Camping World Truck Series championship. He is currently in fourth place, behind Matt Crafton, James Buescher and Austin Dillon.
Burton said his strategy for today’s fred’s 250 is to stay upfront as much as he can.
“I am going to try to stay upfront and if we get shuffled out, then we will try to get away from the pack I think,” Burton said. “You don’t want to get in a wreck. I think the last five laps you need to be coming, especially the last two laps you need to be in the top 10, I feel like. We got to get hooked up with somebody. Me and Kyle (Busch) worked good together today (Friday in practice). He pushed me all the way through the pack, and we went straight to the lead. It was only a little bit of a pack, but it was good experience for tomorrow. I am not sure of the game plan; we are just going to try to keep our nose clean and be there at the end.”
Max Gresham finished second in his Talladega qualifying debut with a lap of 54.403. This is his fifth top 10 start of 2013.
Kyle Busch finished third in qualifying with a lap time of 54.437 seconds. This is his second top 10 start at Talladega, and this is his ninth top 10 start of the season.
Defending Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher will start fourth, while Ty Dillon will start fifth. Ron Hornaday Jr, Ross Chastain, Brendan Gaughan, Joey Coulter and Darrell Wallace Jr. round out the top 10.
The fred’s 250 starts at 3 p.m.