WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Jack Sprague captured a record 16th
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole Friday, leading the qualifying
for the GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Sprague turned a non-record lap of 120.692 mph in his Hendrick
Motorsports Chevrolet truck, winning the pole position for the 16th
time in his 147 race series career. He had been tied with Joe
Ruttman and 1995 series champion Mike Skinner with 15 poles.
The pole was Sprague's third of the season and the third at the
flat, one-mile oval at State Fair Park.
Ruttman just missed the record. The 56-year-old failed by just
0.092 seconds to win his third pole of the season. Ruttman will
start on the outside front row in Saturday's race after a run of
"I got the old man," said Sprague, the polesitter last weekn
in Memphis. "And two poles in a row definitely feels great.
"We are really excited to be here at The Milwaukee Mile. They
call me Mile Track Jack. I hope we can live up to the name
Ted Musgrave, a three-time winner this season, qualified third
in his Dodge Ram at 120.072. Kurt Busch, the defending champion,
qualified fourth in a Ford at 119.944. Terry Cook qualified his
Ford fifth at 119.864.
A pair of rookie drivers, Ricky Hendrick and Travis Kvapil,
claimed the next two starting positions - separated by just
two-thousandths of a second.
Lance Norick, Scott Riggs and Coy Gibbs completed the top 10
Riggs, who leads Ruttman by 53 points entering Saturday's race,
hadn't qualified out of the top five positions until Friday's time
trials. Norick, who has gone 118 series starts without a victory,
posted back-to-back top 10 starts for the first time since joining
the tour in 1996.