Skinner, Coleman Claim Top Spots

Mike Skinner had a record-breaking run as he qualified for the pole for tomorrow's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. Skinner moved past Jack Sprague for most career poles in the NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series with 28. The 1995 series champion knows the importance of qualifying but wants to turn his qualifying runs into victories. With 18 victories under his belt, he knows how important it is to have a strong finish. Skinner qualified at 171.772 mph to take the top spot for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. Rick Crawford, David Ragan, Marcos Ambrose and Terry Cook rounded out the top five in that order.. "I would gladly give these guys (Rick Crawford, David Ragan, Marcus Ambrose) a pole if I could get a top two or three finish," he said. The Toyota Tundra driver was thrilled to receive Kansas Speedway's distinct pedal car as the pole trophy and said he would remember it for year's to come. He said the award is something that other racetracks lack ¿ a quality that makes Kansas Speedway stand out as a top-notch racetrack. Along with the award, Skinner enjoys the coming to the state-of-the-art Kansas Speedway. "We are blessed to get to come to this area here and get to race at this beautiful race track," he said. While one Toyota sits on the pole, defending race winner and series points leader Todd Bodine will start from the back of field for failing to pass technical inspection. The Chemung, N.Y., native was shocked by the failure, but remains optimistic on his chances of winning back-to-back races at Kansas Speedway. "We'll pass a bunch of trucks on the track," Bodine said. "We start the race a little 'in the blind,' but I have a lot of confidence in the crew and I think we'll be OK." In ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying, 18-year-old and recent high school graduate Brad Coleman stunned the field with a fast speed of 167.879 mph to claim the top spot for Saturday's Kansas Lottery $200 Grand. Steve Wallace will start second, and Erin Crocker, pulling double-duty at Kansas Speedway in an ARCA car and a NASCAR race truck, will start third. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 is at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. The Kansas Lottery $200 Grand will start afterward. The day will also see the field set for Sunday's IRL IndyCar Series Kansas Lottery Indy 300. Qualifying begins at 12:45 p.m.
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