After holding the pole through the first 24 qualifying attempts in the first round, Corey Lajoie’s lap time was obliterated by Rev Racing’s Nick Sanchez. Sanchez’s 49.7 second lap was a half second faster than LaJoie. He followed the first round qualifying time with an even faster 49.478s, .05s quicker than Alex Bowman’s Daytona 500 pole winning time. Following closely behind in the first round was KBM’s Chase Purdy and Jack Wood.
What You Need to Know:
- With Kyle Busch’s offseason move to Richard Childress Racing and Chevrolet, his truck team also moved manufacturer alliances to Chevy.
- In his KBM announcement, Busch also made it known they would be supporting Rev Racing’s Craftsman Truck Series effort.
- With all the offseason shakeups, questions abounded over what might happen for Kyle Busch and his ventures in 2023.
Sanchez, the 2022 ARCA champion, qualified on pole in his first ever truck start, but the rookie took the success in stride. No celebration or show as he exited the truck after his blistering run.
In the Stands
The qualifying speed gave some fans very strong, optimistic reactions.
Other fans chose to focus on the individual run which had many amazed.
The speed was not lost on carson as he puts in perspective just how fast Sanchez’s lap was.
Bowman meaning the Daytona 500 polesitter, Alex Bowman.
From the Pressbox
FanDuel’s statistical analyst Jim Sannes pointed out that the analytics change drastically for Sanchez when you account for Rev Racing using full Kyle Busch Motorsports equipment.
It wasn’t all great news for the KBM/Rev Racing trucks in the second round as Chase Purdy was unable to post a second time due to a flat tire. He will start 10th.
UPDATE 5:37 PM EST