Rusty Wallace wins first pole in two years

Dover, Del -- Penske's Rusty Wallace is determined to snap some of these pesky winless streaks he has looming over him. He took the first step on Friday at Dover by grabbing the pole for Sunday's MBNA All-American Heroes 400. Next on the agenda, a...

Dover, Del -- Penske's Rusty Wallace is determined to snap some of these pesky winless streaks he has looming over him. He took the first step on Friday at Dover by grabbing the pole for Sunday's MBNA All-American Heroes 400. Next on the agenda, a victory. The NASCAR season is nearing an end and Wallace has yet to score a win. He has at least one win for the past 16 seasons.

It had also been a while since he'd won a pole, two years to be exact. His last pole came at Phoenix in 2000, a year when he notched up nine pole awards. He turned his No. 2 Ford Taurus around the one-mile track in Dover in 22.956 seconds, a speed of 156.822 mph.

Wallace said of his pole winning lap and his chances; "Finally. It's been forever. We had a good car today. We're back on the pole here at Dover, it feels good. We're real optimistic about Sunday."

Starting second, Robert Yates Racing's Dale Jarrett. Jarrett's second best lap was clocked in at 156.767 mph. DEI's Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start third, beside last week's winner, rookie Ryan Newman. Another rookie, Greg Biffle, continuing to fill in for the injured Bobby Hamilton, will start fifth.

Kurt Busch, Ricky Craven, Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek and Steve Park close out the top-10.

Hideo Fukuyama made the field and will start 43rd. Fukuyama beat out Scott Wimmer, Morgan Shepherd and Brett Bodine for the final provisional starting spot. Bodine used his last provisional last weekend in Loudon and Fukuyama made the cut by his car owner, Travis Carter's, owners points. On Sunday he will become the first Japanese driver to take the green in an American NASCAR event. He has however, raced against Winston Cup's brightest before, when the Winston Cup Series ventured over to Japan for an exhibition event.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Brett Bodine , Bill Elliott , Bobby Hamilton , Dale Jarrett , Rusty Wallace , Steve Park , Joe Nemechek , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Ricky Craven , Morgan Shepherd , Hideo Fukuyama , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing