Sprague wins series-high sixth pole

Updated: November 3, 2004, 8:02 PM ET
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PHOENIX -- Jack Sprague again took a liking to Phoenix International Raceway.

Sprague captured his series-leading sixth pole of the season in record time Wednesday for the NASCAR Truck Series Silverado 150.

Driving a Chevrolet, Sprague circled the one-mile oval in 27.442 seconds at an average speed of 131.186 mph. He surpassed the previous qualifying record of 129.427 mph set last year by Ted Musgrave.

It is the fifth career pole here for Sprague. He also started first in the GM Goodwrench 200 in 1995, the GM Goodwrench 300 in 1996, the Chevy Trucks Desert Star in 1997 and the Chevy Trucks NASCAR 150 in 1999.

Sprague has three career victories at this track, with the last coming in the Chevy Trucks Desert in 1997.

Joining Sprague on the front row will be Ken Schrader, who qualified at 131.019 mph in a Chevrolet.

The second row will feature the Ford of Carl Edwards and the Dodge of Steve Park. David Starr rounded out the first five in a Chevrolet.

Dennis Setzer, who holds just a one-point lead in the standings over Bobby Hamilton with three races left, qualified 27th in a Chevrolet. Hamilton was eighth in a Dodge.

"All year long everybody's been chasing us," Hamilton said. "Everyone's been chasing us, and our strong suit is when we're out there chasing other people. That's when we've been at our best.

"So I think (the guys on the race team) are actually relieved that we're behind now. What we had to do before was to sit back and say, 'Well, we've got to finish 10th. Or, we've got to finish 13th.' Now, we're out here and we know we've got to win every race to stay in it."

Nextel Cup star Kevin Harvick, the winner here the last two years, is not entered.

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