The Frontstretch: Martin Truex Jr. wins the pole for Saturday's United Way 300 at the Kansas Speedway by Nikki Krone -- Friday October 7, 2005

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Most of the talk around Kansas City this weekend has been about Emporia, Kansas native Clint Bowyer -- who is second to Martin Truex Jr. in the point standings -- making his return to race in his home state.  Today, Truex Jr. turned the talk back to him by earning the pole for Saturday's United Way 300 Busch Series race at the Kansas Speedway.

With a speed of 178.938, Truex broke the Busch Series track record.  Qualifying second, with his best run of the season, was Jon Wood, who picked up his first Craftsman Truck Series win at this track two years ago. 

Surprising some was the man who qualified third.  Regan Smith laid down a speed of 178.761 mph to earn his best qualifying run of the season.  Smith, along with Truex, Wood and others, was here testing at Kansas Speedway last week.

Fourth was Kasey Kahne, followed by Jason Leffler, former Kansas Speedway winner David Green, Greg Biffle, Burney Lamar, Mark Martin, and Bowyer.

The remaining lineup is as follows:

11-20: J. Sauter, Nemechek, Kauffman, Robertson, B. Labonte, Kenseth, Paul Menard and Sadler.

21-30:  Edwards, J. Labonte, Bodine, Sherman, Contreras, Keller, Stremme, K. Wallace, Kyle Busch, and Blaney.

31-43:  D. Hamlin, Jourdain Jr., Compton, R. Wallace, Fike, Fuller, Raines, Lewis Jr., M. Wallace, K. Hamlin, Yeley, Bell and Grissom.

DNF: Goeters, Davis, M. Green, Waltrip, Mosley, T. Sauter, Lepage, Cope, Crosby, Blount, and Horn.

The United Way 300 Busch Series race will be run Saturday, with the green flag scheduled to drop at 1:10 pm CST.

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