Reutimann Hauls At Homestead
November 18, 2004 | 11:47 A.M. EST
Reutimann was the only driver to crack the 171 mph barrier with his fast lap of 171.255 mph. It was the second-career pole for the Raybestos Rookie in his 25th start.
"We didn't unload that way but the guys made a bunch of changes and got it really good in practice," said Reutimann. "The track was a lot less free and had a lot less grip when we qualified than it had been all day. The truck drove a quite a bit different. I expected to run quite a bit quicker than that."
Matt Crafton posted his first-career outside pole in his last race with Kevin Harvick, Inc. with a lap of 170.881 mph.
Carl Edwards, who will start third, was the only Ford in the top-20 in qualifying after he secured his fourth consecutive top-five starting spot in the No. 99 Superchips Ford.
"The way we've been running lately, we're a championship-caliber team, it's just we didn't run this way the whole season," said Edwards. "The Cup car has really been helping my Superchips team a lot, as far as getting that experience."
Jack Sprague and Bobby Labonte, who is making his second start of the season in the Acxiom Chevrolet, rounded out the top-five.
Mike Skinner, Steve Park, Ted Musgrave, point leader Bobby Hamilton and Shane Hmiel completed the top-10 qualifiers.
Dennis Setzer, who trails Hamilton by 70 points in the standings, will start 23rd.
Friday's Ford 200 is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. (ET) live on SPEED.