Gerhart takes Daytona pole

Bobby Gerhart Wins Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 Pole DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 5, 2004) -- Bobby Gerhart, driver of the No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet, turned a fast lap of 184.309 mph to capture the pole for Saturday's Advance Discount Auto...

Bobby Gerhart Wins Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 Pole

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 5, 2004) -- Bobby Gerhart, driver of the No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet, turned a fast lap of 184.309 mph to capture the pole for Saturday's Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race.

It's the second straight Daytona pole for Gerhart, who is also a two-time winner of the Advance Discount Auto Parts 200. The Lebanon, Penn., driver is hopeful for a third triumph in Saturday's race, which goes green at 4 p.m.

"We've got a good race package here," Gerhart said. "We seem to consistently be able to produce cars I like. That's the key here. You've got to handle. This exercise of going fast for one lap gets put behind us. Now you've got to race and you've got to handle. You've got to concentrate on what's going to produce a victory for us on Saturday."

Rounding out the front row was Kyle Busch, who turned a lap of 183.647 mph in the No. 87 Ditech.com Chevrolet.

"I wish it would have stuck," Busch said.

Busch, who is competing for Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Busch Series driving for Hendrick Motorsports, is using the Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 as a tune-up for next weekend's Hershey's Kisses 300 Busch Series race.

"It would definitely be awesome to win (Advance Discount Auto Parts 200)," Busch said. "Hendrick Motorsports and Ditech have given me the opportunity to be here. There's no other situation than to try to win the race.

"On the other hand, that's one of the main reasons we're here is to gain that experience for next week. The Busch Series championship is what we' re going after for this year and Rookie of the Year. We're going to get whatever we get as far as races go for the rest of the season."

Rounding out the top five was Paul Menard (183.340), Frank Kimmel (183.284) and Clint Bowyer (183.083).

Next up at historic Daytona International Speedway on Friday is IPOWER DASH qualifying, ARCA RE/MAX Series and Crown Royal IROC practice and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice for the Budweiser Shootout.

Tickets for all Speedweeks 2004 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Bobby Gerhart , Paul Menard , Clint Bowyer , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports