James Buescher --in a tight battle for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with Austin Dillon and Johnny Sauter -- will start from the pole Saturday for the Coca-Cola 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Buescher turned in a speed of 177.676 mph for his second pole of the 2011 season.
"We thought we had a shot at the pole but we weren't focused on it," Buescher said. "It's just icing on the cake."
Nelson Piquet, Jr., in his first session in the Camping World Series, will start second.
Piquet drives for Kevin Harvick Inc., a team that is shutting down racing operations at the end of the year. He said he isn't sure where he'll race next year but his plan is to race part-time in Nationwide Series and full-time in Trucks competing for the championship.
"For sure, I would love to stay with them," Piquet said of KHI. "I'm trying to sort out what team I'm going to go with next year."
Dillon, who leads the points standings in the Truck Series, will start third.
Johanna Long had a stellar qualifying effort in her rookie NASCAR season. She'll start eighth.
Failing to qualify: Jennifer Jo Cobb, Norm Benning, Mike Harmon and Clay Greenfield.
Coverage for the Coca-Cola 250 starts with NCWTS Setup at 3:30pm EST Saturday on SPEED TV. Will James Buescher win from the pole or will Ron Hornaday make it three in a row?