NASCAR & Auto Racing

Darnell leads Ford charge, wins Saturday's pole

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Erik Darnell circled the 2.66-mile Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 52.687 seconds on Friday for a 181.753 mph lap, good enough for the Mountain Dew 250 pole.

The pole for Saturday's race is his third in 71 Truck series races and second of 2008.

John Wes Townley qualified second fastest, Colin Braun third and Jon Wood fourth. All four drive Fords. Todd Bodine's Toyota was fifth fastest.

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