Raines on Bud Pole at I-70

Raines rolls to record, wins first Bud Pole

Tony Raines apparently knows something about I-70 Speedway that the rest of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series doesn't. After scoring his first win at the Odessa track last year, Raines Friday picked up the first Bud Pole of his career for Saturday's Yellow Freight 200 at I-70.

Raines turned a lap of 17.107 seconds at an average speed of 114.269 mph around the .543-mile oval. He'll be joined on the front row by Rick Carelli, whose RE/MAX Chevrolet ran a lap of 17.154 seconds. Mike Bliss, who is in dire need of some good luck, got a bit of a boost by securing a third-place starting spot, and Stacy Compton and Mike Wallace round out the rest of the top-five starters.

Of course, there's still plenty going on in Charlotte. Bobby Labonte, filling in for Tony Stewart in the No. 44 Shell Pontiac, rocketed to the Bud Pole Thursday for the NASCAR Busch Series CarQuest Auto Parts 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. And today, Jimmy Spencer dominated the last-chance challenge race to fill out the field and will start in the 29th position. For more on Spencer and Labonte, see our News Index.

The Coca-Cola 600 is taking a day off today. Jeff Gordon will start that race from the Bud Pole under the lights Sunday.

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May 23, 1998

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Winston Cup Series
Coca-Cola 600
May 24  
Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Busch Series
Grand National Division
Carquest Auto Parts 300
May 23  
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Craftsman Truck Series
Yellow Freight 200
May 23  
I-70 Speedway

Winston Racing Series

Regional Touring Series

Weekend Schedule

May 23, 1968 -- Construction begins on the 2.66-mile, high-banked Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The track would host its first race in the fall of 1969. 


T O D A Y ' S

Jarretts to face off for first time

Raines makes a "hit" with Royals

Bown extends "Web" to include Odessa

RPM 2Night to cap overflow weekend

Poll: Can Waltrip win again?