Truck Series: "Year Of The Rookie" Continues As Justin Marks Wins Pole

Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IJune 5, 2008

There is a new story to keep an eye on all of a sudden in the Craftsman Truck Series garage: the rookies.

Three weeks, ago a trend was started when Donny Lia made a heart-stopping last-lap pass of David Starr for his first career victory in just his eighth start.

The very next race, fellow Truck Series rookie Scott Speed (shown in picture above) won in just his sixth career start by holding off Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday.

I know you're probably wondering...what's the big deal? Well, there hadn't been a rookie winner in this series since 2003, but now all of a sudden the rookies are on a two-race winning streak.

The next chapter in the year of the rookie was written on Thursday, when Justin Marks narrowly grabbed the first pole position for a rookie since 2006. He qualified at a speed of 176.961 mph at Texas Motor Speedway.  Mike Skinner qualified second, followed by Ron Hornaday, Jon Wood, and point leader Rick Crawford.

Make sure to tune in to the Truck race Friday night on SPEED.