CONCORD, N.C., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Teammates Jimmy Spencer and Todd Bodine secured the top two spots Thursday night in qualifying for the NASCAR Winston Cup UAW-GM Quality 500.
Spencer drove his Ford Taurus to a top lap of 185.147 miles per hour at Lowe's Motor Speedway for his second pole position this season. He also started from the front in August at the Brickyard 400, but has not won on the Winston Cup circuit since 1994.
It is the second time this year the Haas-Carter Motorsports teammates will start 1-2. Bodine captured the pole and Spencer qualified second in July at the Tropicana 400 in Joliet, Ill.
"What a good job Todd did," Spencer said. "Todd did a great job in Chicago and sat on the pole and the 26 team got second, and that was pretty neat for (owner Carl Haas). Then we come back here to Charlotte and we've reversed the role."
While Spencer and Bodine each has a pole this year, Spencer has gone seven years without a Winston Cup victory and Bodine is seeking the first of his nine-year career.
"We have not been as consistent as we've needed to be," Spencer admitted. "Todd qualifies good and I don't qualify as good. I race better, he didn't race better. Travis (owner Travis Carter) is definitely trying to get us to both be a consistent top-10 team. He's trying things and we're trying things."
Last week, Spencer announced he is leaving the team at the end of the year.
"I know it was a hard decision for him," Bodine said. "He's got a lot of respect for (Carter). They've had a long relationship together. They've had some success and they've had some failures, but they've been through it all together."
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo of unheralded Kenny Wallace and the Fords of Ryan Newman and Kevin Lepage rounded out the top five at the 1 1/2-mile track.
Defending race winner Jeff Gordon qualified his Chevrolet 20th as he tries to extend a 222-point lead over Ricky Rudd in the Winston Cup standings. Gordon won this race in 1999 and leads all active drivers with four victories here. That figure does not include his triumph in May at The Winston, NASCAR's All-Star event.
Rudd qualified 19th in a Ford.