For Setzer, points lead pays off

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- NASCAR truck series points leader Dennis Setzer was given the pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 350 when rain caused cancellation of qualifying Friday at Kansas Speedway.

Setzer's Chevrolet will start inside the Ford of Carl Edwards,
second in the Craftsman series standings. Setzer has victories this
year at Texas and Lowe's Motor Speedway.

He took the pole for the first truck race at Kansas in 2001 and
has three top-three finishes -- but no victories -- on the 1½-mile

"Somebody has just been faster than us each year,'' he said.
"But we've been real fortunate to have two seconds and a third.''

Edwards, who won the season opener at Daytona, was second here
last year. He trails Setzer by 131 points and leads third-place
Bobby Hamilton by 22.

"I'm well aware of the caliber of my competitors, so I think
it's just more motivation to go out there and not make mistakes,''
Edwards said.

Hamilton's Dodge will start on the inside of the second row,
with Rick Crawford on the outside in a Ford. All positions were set
on the basis of points.

Starting fifth Saturday night will be Ted Musgrave, who won last
week in Milwaukee. Chad Chaffin, Matt Crafton, defending race
champion Jon Wood, Travis Kvapil and Mike Skinner complete the top
10. The victory last year was the only one for Wood on the circuit.

The lack of practice time probably will show up in the early
laps, Setzer said.

"In a situation where you don't get any practice, I think
you'll get a very cautious start to the race,'' he said.

Rookie driver Brandon Whitt, who tested here this year, also is
hoping patience will prevail.

"With little or no practice, the key for everyone is to run
smart in the first half of the race and let things get sorted out,
figure out what your truck is doing and is capable of doing,'' he
said. "Then go with that the second half of the race.

"The guys who do that won't have problems and might be in a
position to win at the end. The guys who don't will probably be
watching the end of the race from the garage.''