Skinner matches two qualifying records, extends another
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Mike Skinner matched two qualifying records and extended another Friday night with a pole-winning run for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' Silverado 350K.
Skinner, four points behind championship leader Ron Hornaday Jr. with three races left, drove his Toyota around the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway with a fast lap speed of 184.137 mph to top the time trials.
The pole was Skinner's 10th of the season, matching the series record the Californian established in 1995 during the series' inaugural season. It was Skinner's fifth pole at Texas Motor Speedway, duplicating Jack Sprague's record for poles at a track set at Phoenix International Raceway. Skinner, the series 1995 champion, also extended his series leading pole total to 42.
"I always enjoy coming here," said Skinner, who has finished second three times in his most recent four races at TMS. "I sure hope we're sitting here [as the winner] tomorrow night."
Hornaday qualified eighth in his Chevrolet at 182.735. Skinner and Hornaday have traded the points lead five times in the last six races.
Chad McCumbee matched his career-best qualifying effort with a speed of 184.018 to gain the outside front-row starting position for his Chevrolet. Veterans Ted Musgrave and Johnny Benson, both driving Toyota trucks, qualified third and fourth.
Nextel Cup regular Kyle Busch, the winner of last week's trucks race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will line up fifth in a Chevrolet, followed by Travis Kvapil, Rick Crawford, Hornaday, Jon Wood and Regan Smith.
Two four-time Texas Motor Speedway winners Todd Bodine, the winner of the Sam's Town 400 in June, and Brendan Gaughan will start 13th and 14th as each seeks to break the record for most series victories at a single track.
Formula One and Indianapolis 500 champion Jacques Villeneuve of Canada claimed the 16th position as he makes his fifth start in the Truck Series.
Only one driver, Wayne Edwards, failed to qualify for the 36-truck field.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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