BUSCH: Vickers lands first career pole in Rockingham

Young gun Brian Vickers scored his first career Bud pole today at North Carolina Speedway. Vickers won the Target House 200 pole with a lap of 155.037 mph. He was the only driver to pass the 155 mph zone. "I'm excited about having that pole," ...

Young gun Brian Vickers scored his first career Bud pole today at North Carolina Speedway. Vickers won the Target House 200 pole with a lap of 155.037 mph. He was the only driver to pass the 155 mph zone.

"I'm excited about having that pole," Vickers said. "Normally you fight to go later. We were fortunate to have the weather the way we did today."

Vickers, who is locked in a heated battle for the Busch series championship, got a hot shoe over the competition by landing the pole. Rockingham is a track that benefits the starters at the front of the field.

"The team's done an awesome job in qualifying," he said. "The past couple of weeks, we've had some awesome qualifying efforts. Somebody just seems to bump me off by a couple of hundredths of a second."

Vickers plummeted from first to fifth in series standings after a poor result two weekends ago, but rebounded to third after Phoenix. He now trails leader Scott Riggs, who starts tenth, by just 21 points.

"I don't think there's any difference pressure-wise," Riggs said. "It just seems like every week it's a struggle for us to get a good handle on the race car. We haven't been qualifying that well, but we have good race cars. Hopefully we can do the same this weekend."

The rest of the championship top five also make healthy starts. David Green, who trails by just 22 points, starts fifth. Ron Hornaday (2nd in points, -17) starts 16th, and Jason Keller (5th in points, -60) starts 18th.

It was definitely slower than we practiced and I don't know why," Keller said. "I wish I had the answer but we slowed down for some reason."

Greg Biffle, Jeremy Mayfield, David Stremme round out the top five.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Jason Keller , Greg Biffle , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Scott Riggs , Brian Vickers , David Stremme