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.
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