The Frontstretch: Ron Hornaday Jr. Captures NCTS Pole at Milwaukee by Jeff Meyer -- Friday June 23, 2006

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Ron Hornaday Jr. Captures NCTS Pole at Milwaukee

Jeff Meyer · Friday June 23, 2006


Somewhere between final practice and qualifying, Ron Hornaday, Jr. managed to find a half of a second more speed out of his No. 33 Chevrolet to capture the Pole for tonight's Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200.

Hornaday posted a lap of 29.503, while Jack Sprague, who had posted the fastest speed during Happy Hour, could only manage a lap of 29.519 seconds out of his Toyota. Not surprisingly, Wisconsin native Johnny Sauter will start right behind the polesitter in row two with a lap of 29.631 seconds, with last week’s NCTS winner Johnny Benson to his right in the fourth spot.

Rookie Aric Almirola, Mike Skinner, Todd Bodine, David Ragan, Marcos Ambrose (another rookie) and Terry Cook round out the Top 10.

While there were no accidents during qualifying, there were a few right turns. Veteran Dennis Setzer, not at all happy with the way his first lap was going, stopped short of the finish line, turned around and headed back to turn one to start over! This is allowed, as Setzer had not crossed the start/finish line recording an official time for that lap. Actions such as this are not often seen, and only go to show the determination of the wily veteran to qualify in the Top 10. After his qualifying run, he was listed in the Top 10 but eventually was bumped back to 25th.

Mike Wallace and Michel Jourdain, Jr. were the two Trucks who failed to qualify for the event.

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