Skinner claims series-high fifth pole of '05


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

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

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.