Wallace Wins Pole at Iowa; Earns 2006 Pork Pole Award Title NEWTON IA (10-14-06) -- ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Steve Wallace earned his fourth career Pork Pole award Saturday afternoon at Iowa Speedway, circling the newly constructed track in ...
Wallace Wins Pole at Iowa; Earns 2006 Pork Pole Award Title
NEWTON IA (10-14-06) -- ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Steve Wallace earned his fourth career Pork Pole award Saturday afternoon at Iowa Speedway, circling the newly constructed track in 22.933 seconds (137.357 mph) in his Hantz Group-TransAmerica Idex Mutual Funds Dodge.
Wallace nudged out Joey Miller and Juan Pablo Montoya for the top spot; as a result, Wallace will sit on the pole for Sunday's Prairie Meadows 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race.
"The car was really good," said Wallace. "We had a really good car by the end of practice. We were really lucky we ran as well as we did. I've turned a lot of laps with a rental car around this track. I've been here about every four months with my dad...They've been planning the track for about eight years and they've been talking about it forever so its cool to see that it's actually done."
Wallace also earned the ARCA RE/MAX Series Pork Pole Award title for 2006 with the most poles for the season. Wallace and rookie Brad Coleman each had three Pork Pole awards leading into the event at Iowa.
In all, the series saw 15 different Pork Pole Award winners in 23 races, tying a record set in 1991.
2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year Joey Miller, making his first appearance in the series since last year, qualified second, with a speed of 137.357 mph (22.933 seconds).
"Well today it was way up and down," said Miller. "One of our sway bar bolts seized up before qualifying so we were not able to fix it. So hopefully, we will do better once the race starts. The competition level has stepped up since last year. Last year, there were only two cars that were able to win the race, now there are at least five. It's awesome to be back in ARCA."
Formula One veteran Juan Pablo Montoya qualified third after finishing third in his career first stock car attempt at Talladega Superspeedway on October 6th.
"Great qualifying run," said Montoya, who will make his career first short track attempt in Sunday's Prairie Meadow 250. "Top three is pretty good so I'm very happy. I had a shot at winning the race at Talladega. It was a shame that we couldn't go all the way last week but it doesn't matter how we finish it's about getting the experience. At Talladega anybody can drive there. Here, you need to use the brakes a lot more and you need to know how to control yourself a lot more. I'm having fun and I'm loving it."