HAMPTON, Ga. -- Mike Skinner breezed to his sixth
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole of the season Saturday and
will start on the inside of the front row for the EasyCare
Service Contracts 200.
Skinner's Toyota Tundra clocked 182.591 miles per hour around
the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway to clinch the season's
$10,000 Bud Pole Award, which will be presented at the
champion's banquet in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 11.
It is the first pole since Sept. 24 at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway for Skinner, who is sixth in the standings, 346 points
off the pace, with four races remaining.
Series points leader Ted Musgrave will start on the outside of
the front row in a Dodge Ram. Brandon Whitt starts Darrell
Waltrip's Boogity Toyota third, and Todd Kluever's Ford F-150
and Kyle Busch's Chevrolet Silverado round out the top five.
Busch, a Nextel Cup rookie who became this series'
youngest winner at 20 years, 18 days in May, has recorded five
top-fives in seven starts on this circuit.
Dennis Setzer, who trails Musgrave by 54 points in the battle
for the NCTS title, will sixth in a Chevrolet.