Martin Truex Jr. at ISM Raceway
Martin Truex Jr., the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, started his quest for his first career win at ISM Raceway in the best possible way, claiming the pole on Friday for the TicketGuardian 500.

This is Truex’s second career pole at ISM Raceway, with a lap of 136.945 mph. In 24 races at the one-mile oval, he has two top 5’s and eight top 10’s. His best finish was a third in last November’s Can-Am 500, during his incredible run to his first Monster Energy Series championship.

The New Jersey native is trailed by three young guns who are also searching for their first win at ISM Raceway. Kyle Larson missed the pole by six one-hundredths of a second, and will start alongside Truex on the front row. Behind them are Chase Elliott and Tucson native Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports teammates who have each come up just short of a victory in the desert. Rounding out the top five is Joey Logano, the winner of the 2016 fall race.

Saturday’s action features NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying at 11:05 a.m. prior to the DC Solar 200 beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 gets under way at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets for Saturday’s DC Solar 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway are available and can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the ISM Raceway ticket office.

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