Current Cup title hopeful on Trucks pole
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jamie McMurray won the pole for Friday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway.
A regular on the Nextel Cup series, McMurray covered the 3/4-mile speedway in his Dodge in 21.525 seconds, averaging 125.436 mph. It was his first series pole of the season and third career.
McMurray raced trucks in 1999 and 2000 before jumping to the Busch Series. This year, he is 11th in the Nextel Cup standings, just 25 points out of the "Chase for the Championship" with one race to go.
McMurray will be joined on the front row by the Dodge of Ted Musgrave, who clocked 125.191 mph. Sixth in the standings, Musgrave won the Black Cat Fireworks 200 in Milwaukee from the pole in June.
The second row is comprised of the Toyotas of Todd Bodine and rookie David Reutimann. Bodine has raced on all three NASCAR circuits this year without a top-10 finish, while Reutimann is looking for his first series win but leads the rookie standings.
Mainstay Jack Sprague rounds out the top five in a Chevrolet. The three-time series champion has claimed four poles and the checkered flag at the UAW/GM Ohio 250 in May.
Series points leader Bobby Hamilton qualified a disappointing 24th in a Dodge. The circuit leader in wins (4) and money ($425,735), Hamilton has 2,415 points, just 96 more than Dennis Setzer with 10 races to go.
Setzer qualified 12th in a Chevrolet as he searches for his third win of the season. He will be right behind two-time defending champion Tony Stewart, who starts 10th in a Chevy.
The 2002 Nextel Cup champion, Stewart is racing a truck for just the fourth time in his career. His only other series start came at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1996.
The series returns after a two-week hiatus since the O'Reilly 200, where Carl Edwards claimed his third win of the season. Edwards, who is third in the standings and just 50 points behind Setzer, qualified ninth in a Ford.