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Sam Mayer's third pole of the season comes in the 2019 finale. (Russell LaBounty, NKP/NASCAR)

QUALIFYING: Sam Mayer Earns Third Career Pole at Dover

DOVER, Del. — Concrete and Sam Mayer: a match made in heaven.

The 16-year-old driver for GMS Racing put his No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet on the pole for the third time this season and third time in his career with a blazing lap of 23.315 seconds.

At Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season, Mayer repeated today’s feat of being quickest in practice and qualifying on the pole. He followed that up with leading all 150 laps and winning the race.

When he takes the green flag, he will clinch the championship and become the youngest champion in NASCAR regional series history.

DGR-Crosley teammates Tanner Gray (23.489), Drew Dollar (23.778) and Todd Gilliland (23.783) qualified second, third and fourth, respectively, with Spencer Davis (23.991) fifth.

Ruben Garcia Jr., Brandon McReynolds, Chase Cabre, Justin S. Carroll and Sam Hunt completed the top 10.


Max McLaughlin (engine change) and Stefan Parsons did not make a qualifying attempt.

The General Tire 125 is scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m. EDT. FansChoice.TV will have live coverage of the event.

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Mayer will look to earn his fourth win of the season. (Nigel Kinrade, NKP/NASCAR)