Justin Boston of Baltimore took the checkered flag Saturday to win the pole for today's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Crosley Radio, an Automobile Racing Club of America race in Salem, Ind.

Boston nosed out Venturini Motorsports teammate Kyle Benjamin by .004 of a second.

"We've been neck and neck here," Boston, 23, said of himself and Benjamin. "He edged me out at the test, and I went and watched the video of that. After the qualifying lap he had, I didn't know if I could top that."

Crew chief Billy Venturini, who won in Salem in 2006 as a driver and has two wins as a crew chief at Salem, was excited for Boston.

"It is so important for Justin to sit on the pole here," he said. "He's such a raw racecar driver. He is going to be really good. He is more impressive every time out."