Originally created 11/15/02

Green takes Busch pole, edges rookie



HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Winston Cup regular Jeff Green edged Busch series rookie Brian Vickers to win the pole Thursday for the Ford 300.

Driving a Chevrolet, Green earned the top spot for the race Saturday with a lap at 152.031 mph around the flat, 1 1/2 -mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval. The 19-year-old Vickers ran his lap at 151.882 mph in a Dodge.

Track record holder Bobby Hamilton Jr. qualified third, and was followed by Casey Mears and Joe Nemechek.

Hank Parker Jr., who lost his sponsorship this week and learned his team might have to fold, qualified sixth. Stacy Compton, Johnny Sauter, Jason Keller and Mike McLaughlin completed the Top 10.

Greg Biffle, who won the Busch series title last week at Phoenix International Raceway, qualified 18th.

Todd Bodine ran a first lap that was second-best at the time, but lost control of his Chevy coming off Turn 4 and crashed in the middle of the frontstretch. He had to turn to his backup car, which means he'll drop to the back of the field at the start of the race.

Drivers who failed to qualify included Winston Cup veterans Mike Wallace and Geoffrey Bodine, as well as truck series veteran Carlos Contreras. He was attempting to make his Busch debut for the Hispanic Racing Team.