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Matt Cox Scores South Carolina 400 Pole

Bobby Labonte and Nick Loden also score Florence poles

Eric Creel

Matt Cox was fastest in qualifying for Saturday’s South Carolina 400 by .006 seconds over Josh Berry.

Cox recorded a 17.759 second lap during the group qualifying session, overtaking Josh Berry’s 17.765 second time.  Sam Yarbrough, who dominated at the now-defunct Myrtle Beach Speedway, qualified third with veterans Lee Pulliam and Timothy Peters rounding out the top-five.

Brenden Queen, who scored the victory in the Hampton Heat 200 back in July, was sixth fastest in qualifying.  Florence CARS Tour winner Nolan Pope qualified in seventh, followed by former Dominion Raceway champion Doug Barnes, Austin Somero and Wes Burton.

Josh Berry is the South Carolina 400 Favorite, But …

NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Labonte won the pole for the SMART Modified feature over Brandon Ward, Brian Loftin, Gary Putnam, and Jeremy Gerstner, though the top-six qualifiers will redraw for their starting positions.  Nick Loden qualified on the pole for the Carolina Pro Late Model Series over William Cox, III, Tovia Grynewicz, Caden Kvapil, and Toni Breidinger.

South Carolina 400 Starting Lineup

  1. Matt Cox
  2. Josh Berry
  3. Sam Yarbrough
  4. Lee Pulliam
  5. Timothy Peters
  6. Brenden Queen
  7. Nolan Pope
  8. Doug Barnes, Jr.
  9. Austin Somero
  10. Wes Burton
  11. Riley Gentry
  12. Justin Johnson
  13. Mark Wertz
  14. Ty Majeski
  15. Casey Kelley
  16. Austin McDaniel
  17. Matt Craig
  18. Charlie Powell, III
  19. Robert Powell
  20. Joshua Yeoman
  21. Sammy Smith
  22. Braden Rogers
  23. Blaise Brinkley
  24. Jacob Heafner
  25. Heath Causey
  26. Mitch Walker
  27. Lucas Averitt
  28. Connor Jones
  29. Dylan Ward
  30. RA Brown
  31. Kevin Parsons
  32. Bobby June
  33. Jamie Weatherford

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Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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