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Schrader oldest pole winner in NASCAR series

Ken Schrader, driver of the #52 Federated Auto

Ken Schrader, driver of the #52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota, climbs out of his truck after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. (July 24, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

ROSSBURG, Ohio - Ken Schrader has become the oldest pole winner in a NASCAR series when he turned the fastest lap for Wednesday night's Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.

The 58-year-old Schrader had a lap of 91.329 mph on the half-mile dirt track. Dick Trickle was 57 years old when he won the pole for the June 1999 Nationwide Series race at Dover.

Schrader hadn't won a Truck Series pole since 2004 and a race since 1995. He's officially the pole winner, though he may not start first. There are five qualifying races and a last-chance race that will set the starting order.

The last time one of NASCAR's top touring series competed on dirt was Sept. 30, 1970, when Richard Petty won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (called the Grand National Division at that time) race at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The dirt drought ends at Tony Stewart-owned Eldora.

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