Pikes Peak qualifying story

Bliss takes pole in Tempus Resorts 300K Craftsman Truck race FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Mike Bliss became the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Bud Pole winner at Pikes Peak International Raceway Friday in preparation for Saturday's Tempus Resorts ...

Bliss takes pole in Tempus Resorts 300K Craftsman Truck race

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Mike Bliss became the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Bud Pole winner at Pikes Peak International Raceway Friday in preparation for Saturday's Tempus Resorts 300K.

Bliss turned a lap of 27.190 seconds, at 132.402 mph, in the No. 2 Team ASE Ford. It is the second Bud Pole this year for Bliss, and the 10h of his career.

Bliss didn't expect his time, which came early in the session, to stand up, but no one was able to knock off the driver of the No. 2.

Rounding out the top-five qualifiers were Mike Wallace, who ran a lap of 27.251 seconds; Terry Cook, Barry Bodine and Ron Barfield.

Bodine crashed into the wall on his second of two laps.

He was unhurt, but his truck was damaged beyond repair for Saturday's 186-lap race. He will have to resort to a backup truck, and thus will be forced to start at the rear of the field.

"The track was slick," Bodine said, "and the back end just broke loose."

The truck, which the team also intended to run in the Pennzoil/VIP Discount Auto 200 race next weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, broke a sway bar and bent the left clip, and the broken fuel line caught fire.

Qualifying sixth through 10th were Ron Hornaday, Jack Sprague, Joe Ruttman, Andy Houston and Stacy Compton.

The top-31 drivers qualified on their times. Only one driver, Rob Morgan, was eligible for a provisional starting position based on owner points. As a result, the remaining four spots in the field were awarded provisionals based on time.

After Bud Pole Qualifying, the teams had their traditional "Happy Hour" practice, with a twist -- they practiced pit stops for what will be only the second pit-stop race in the four-year history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

The Tempus Resorts 300K will start at 11:30 am locally.

NOTE: Barry Bodine hit the wall hard during his second lap of qualifying Friday coming out of Turn 2. Bodine was not injured, but he will have to go to a backup truck and start from the rear of the field Saturday. Bodine spoiled a strong fourth-place run as he crashed his No. 7 Tempus Resorts Ford truck. Bodine, the son of NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular Geoff Bodine, toured the one-mile track in 27.263 seconds, at an average speed of 132.047 mph. Because he will not be able to compete in the same truck he qualified, Bodine will be forced to start Saturday's event from the back of the field.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Andy Houston , Stacy Compton , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Terry Cook , Mike Bliss , Ron Barfield