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Harrison Burton won the pole for the second straight year at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener. (Scott Hunter/NASCAR)

QUALIFYING: Burton Wins New Smyrna 175 Pole Award

Two Former K&N Champions To Lead Field To Green Flag

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Harrison Burton nailed down his third career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole award on Sunday evening.

The defending series champion drove his No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota to a fast lap of 18.428 seconds/93.770 mph at New Smyrna Speedway. The lap came as part of the final of three qualifying groups.


The Huntersville, North Carolina, driver was fastest in the first practice and was third in overall practice times on Sunday. He enters the New Smyrna 175 with five career wins, but none of them have come at the half-mile.

Defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland will join Burton on the front row following a lap of 18.430 seconds/93.760 mph. Gilliland posted four K&N Pro East victories during the 2017 season.

Cole Rouse qualified third with a lap of 18.546 seconds/93.174 mph, making his first start for Bill McAnally Racing. Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Anthony Alfredo was fourth.

Tyler Dippel, who was fastest in overall practice times, rounded out the top five.

Six through 10 was Brandon McReynolds, Derek Kraus, Spencer Davis, Hailie Deegan and Anthony Sergi.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to the track for the New Smyrna 175 at 7:30 p.m. Fans can watch through a live stream on FansChoice.TV, and it will air on NBCSN on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.