Sears Point Qualifying Report

Hubert tops Said for Bud Pole By Brett Borden SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 1998) Tom Hubert turned Sears Point Raceway into Route 66 Saturday, driving the No. 66 Carlin Burners & Controls Ford around the 1.949-mile road course at a speed of ...

Hubert tops Said for Bud Pole By Brett Borden

SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 1998) Tom Hubert turned Sears Point Raceway into Route 66 Saturday, driving the No. 66 Carlin Burners & Controls Ford around the 1.949-mile road course at a speed of 97.395 mph to earn his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Bud Pole. It was destined to be a wild west shootout from the beginning between road warriors Hubert and Boris Said. Said posted the fastest time in all five practice sessions for the Kragen/Exide 150 Friday and Saturday (with Hubert right behind nearly every time), but had to settle for second-best when it counted. Said turned a Bud Pole Qualifying lap at 97.233 mph to join Hubert on the front row. Tony Raines made it an all-Ford exacta ticket by qualifying third at 96.448 mph. "I love Phelon Motorsports a lot for this opportunity," said Hubert. "We struggled and got it together there right at the end. The truck was good. We could have pushed it a little bit more. I don't know whether I would have hurt myself or not. "We've been on the loose side the last two days, so the main thing I tried to do was be smooth and make sure before I got all the way on the gas that I was straight. It stuck real hard everywhere, and it got through some of my bad spots that I fight here. This thing went right through them." Kevin Harvick, pulling double duty again with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Winston West series, was the fastest Chevrolet in fourth, while "High Plains Drifter" Rick Carelli moseyed on in to the top-five as well. Greg Biffle was going for his fourth Bud Pole in a row, but it wasn't meant to be. He did make the top-10, but the Cintas Rookie of the Year leader was looking for more. "It's not what I expected," he said. "Everybody overshot Turn 11. People said that's where Boris lost his time. I didn't want to make a mistake down there, and I just started braking way too soon. "I left quite a bit there, and in eight I tried something different. I don't know why I did on that lap. I was trying to save a little time, and I thought fresh tires would be quicker there. They weren't, and I was just nervous, trying to get second place maybe. We'll keep working at it." Nothing happened to tilt the scales in the championship battle between Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague. Hornaday, who was the first driver to qualify, posted the sixth-fastest speed, while Sprague will start right behind him in seventh. "I'm pretty happy," Hornaday said. "We picked up almost two seconds since we got here just by playing with transmissions and gear ratios and my hat's off to (my crew). I'm just the driver of this NAPA Brakes Chevy. We'll see what we've got for them in the race tomorrow." "That's as fast as I've been since I've been here," Sprague said. "So you know we've got another half hour of practice to work on this Team GMAC Chevrolet. We're loose and that's the best it's been so hopefully we're getting close." Joe Ruttman, still hanging on to championship hopes in third place, qualified 13th. "It felt good," Ruttman said of his lap. "I really thought it was a much better lap than it was. I didn't make any major mistakes anywhere, so boy I don't know where the time went."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Tony Raines , Tom Hubert , Jack Sprague , Joe Ruttman , Rick Carelli
Teams Carlin