MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Watch out: Mad Max coming through.
The driver of the No. 1 was P1 when group qualifying for the Memphis 150 Presented by AutoZone at Memphis International Raceway concluded. The Mooresville, North Carolina native’s 23.300-second lap was good enough to earn him his first career pole award.
“We had a really fast mock run yesterday and knew we had speed,” he said of his Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota. “We had another one today and didn’t really have any. We kind of went back to what we ran yesterday and it worked for us. Pushed it pretty hard there, gave it all I had and it worked out for us. Hopefully we’ve got a good race car and we can keep it up front until the end.”
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McLaughlin is coming off a pair of third-place finishes at South Boston, his best-career result. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender crossed the finish line 11th in New Smyrna and 13th at Bristol aftyer encountering problems in both races.
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Colin Garrett (23.501), Sam Mayer (23.571), Ruben Garcia Jr. (23.683) and Derek Kraus (23.687) completed the top five speeds when the session concluded.
Ty Gibbs, Tanner Gray, Spencer Davis, Parker Retzlaff and Chase Cabre rounded out the top 10, who were all within half a second of each other.
Making his return to Bill McAnally Racing in the K&N Pro Series, Todd Gilliland qualified 11th, with DGR-Crosley’s Drew Dollar in 12th.
The green flag for The Memphis 150 presented by AutoZone is scheduled to go green at approximately 6 p.m. CDT. FansChoice.TV will have live coverage of the event.