Austin Cindric may have given himself the best present of all for his 19th birthday on Saturday, as he captured the pole for today’s Chevrolet Silverado 250.
The rookie driver set a fastest lap of 1:18.602 late in Saturday’s qualifying, marking the first pole of the young driver’s Truck Series career.
While Cindric is still mathematically eligible for the Truck Series playoffs, which begin in just three races, a win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park would guarantee him a spot.
Justin Haley, who sat atop the scoring charts for the majority of Round 2 qualifying, will roll off second, with a lap time of 1:18.820. Kaz Grala will line up third after his lap of 1:19.056.
It will take more than a good starting position to get to Victory Lane however, as the forecast currently calls for a significant chance of some showers throughout the race. In this case, all strategy up to this point will be thrown out the window, as teams and drivers adapt to the conditions.
In the wet-weather conditions, many eyes will be on the driver of the #02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet, Alex Tagliani. The 17-year veteran of the Verizon IndyCar Series likely has more experience in the rain than most of the field put together and will be hoping for wet conditions to bring him from his 12th place starting position to the front of the pack.
If the predicted rain does in fact arrive, it would mark the first time the Camping World Truck Series has run in the wet in its 22-year history.