Since pole winner Marcos Ambrose is from the land down under- he holds the Bud Pole flag up-side-down to honor his country. (Randy Porter/High Sierra Photo)
Australian rookie Marcos Ambrose scored his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole in qualifying for tonight's Built Ford tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Ambrose turned a lap of 30.522 seconds/176.922 miles per hour in the No. 20 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford to give the Blue Oval the pole position for the second time in 2006. Ford's other pole was scored by Mark Martin in the season opener at Daytona.
Ambrose went out late and bumped David Reutimann off the top spot. Reutimann's lap of 30.579 seconds/176.592 miles per hour was good enough for the outside front row starting position in the No. 17 Team Tundra Toyota. Kerry Earnhardt was the fastest in yesterday's final practice session, and backed that performance up with a strong qualifying run in the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Chevrolet. Earnhardt will grid third after a lap of 30.657 seconds/176.142 miles per hour, his best start of the season and best start since winning the pole at Daytona in 2005.
Michel Jourdain, Jr. earned his best career start in the No. 50 Roush Racing Ford, leading his Roush Racing teammates David Ragan and Erik Darnell. Bill Lester, Johnny Benson, Todd Bodine and Timothy Peters round out the top ten.
Only two drivers failed to make the starting grid for the Built Ford Tough 225: neither Robert Richardson nor Todd Shafer could find enough speed to make the field for tonight's race.
There were several minor incidents in the qualifying session. Boston Reid spun his No. 25 Red Rocks Cafe Dodge off turn two without making any contact on his first timed lap and did not register a speed. He will start 35th this evening based on owner's points. Jack Sprague nearly hit the wall through turns three and four and was able to slow his No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota before turning around and restarting his attempt. Sprague will line up 25th for the green flag. Kraig Kinser brushed the wall coming to the checkered flag, damaging the nose of the No. 46 Centrix Chevrolet. Kinser is scheduled to roll off 27th, but will drop to the tail of the infield after his team was forced to make repairs during the impound period.
The Built Ford Tough 225 is scheduled for an 8:25 pm ET green flag. TruckSeries.com will have continuing coverage leading up to the green flag and following the conclusion of the 150-lap event.