Mike Skinner of Susanville, Calif., won the Bud Pole Award for tonight's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Skinner's Toyota Tundra truck toured the 1.5-mile superspeedway at 32.664 sec./165.320 mph.  Dennis Setzer was second and Raybestos Rookie contender David Reutimann earned third place on the starting grid.

¿We were hooked up," said Skinner.  "I ran wide open coming to the flag and we decided to go for it. The truck stuck pretty good. The second lap was better, but the temp was already at 220, so I shut it off. Don¿t know how much the track will tighten up tonight. I don¿t have much experience here in the trucks at night.¿


This is Skinner¿s first pole in eight years (his last was at Infineon Raceway, Oct. 7, 1996) and he made it count by also setting a new Las Vegas Motor Speedway track record for the Craftsman Truck Series.

Jack Sprague was fourth, Hank Parker Jr. fifth and Bill Lester sixth.

The Orleans Racing Dodges, based in Las Vegas, qualified 18th (Steve Park) and 29th (Scott Lynch).

Carl Edwards, who is favored to win the race and was fastest during this morning's practice session, will start 15th.  David Starr, who won the 2002 edition of the Las Vegas 350, qualified 13th.