Skinner claims series-high fifth pole of '05

Updated: September 24, 2005, 9:10 PM ET
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LAS VEGAS -- Mike Skinner continued his hot streak, winning the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Las Vegas 350.

Driving a Toyota Tundra, Skinner covered the 1 1/2-mile tri-oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 32.676 seconds for an average speed of 165.258 miles per hour as he claimed his series-leading fifth pole of the season.

Skinner jump-started his season at last month's Toyota Tundra 200, starting first and finishing fourth. He won the next two races -- his first victories on the circuit in nine years -- before finishing 24th at last week's Sylvania 200 in New Hampshire.

Toyota claimed the top four spots. Bill Lester starts second, Todd Bodine third and rookie David Reutimann fourth, with Ted Musgrave rounding out the top five in a Dodge Ram.

Series points leader Dennis Setzer qualified 22nd in a Chevrolet Silverado. Last week, Setzer finished second and increased his lead in the standings to 59 points over Musgrave with six races left.

Ron Hornaday qualified 11th in a Chevrolet. Hornaday is third in the standings, 203 points behind Setzer and 30 in front of Jimmy Spencer. Skinner is fifth, 284 points off the pace.

Rick Crawford, who won last week's race, qualified 15th in a Ford F-150.

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