SCHACHT WINS 2ND ARCA POLE OF SEASON IN FOOD WORLD 500K QUALIFYING
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Veteran Bob Schacht of Chapin, S.C., bested 13 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series drivers who topped 190 mph in qualifying for Saturday's Food World 500k and won the Talladega Pole Award on Thursday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Schacht used a rebuilt version of the Engineered Components Ford Thunderbird he used to win the pole position for the season- opening Daytona ARCA 200 when he ran a lap at 196.013 mph around the 2.66-mile oval. That bettered the 195.472 effort set early in qualifying by hometown favorite Doug Reid of Hueytown, Ala., who drive the Long-Lewis Ford. Reid ended up on the outside of the front row.
The effort was Schacht's 15th career ARCA pole and his sixth on a superspeedway, one behind all-time ARCA superspeedway pole king Bill Venturini, Talladega's ARCA track record holder. Schacht became the first driver to sweep a season's ARCA poles at Daytona and Talladega since Venturini accomplished it in 1987.
On Friday, NASCAR Winston Cup Series practice will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Busch Pole Award Qualifying for the Winston Select 500 will begin at 3 p.m. Central Time.
Although reserved seat tickets for the Winston Select 500 are sold, unreserved backstretch grandstand seats remain for Sunday's race. They will go on sale at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Two-day infield tickets will go on sale at 5 a.m. on Saturday. One-day infield tickets become available following the conclusion of Saturday's on- track activities. For ticket information call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 205-362-9064.
The starting lineup for the Food World 500k will be set in second round qualifying at 9:30 a.m. No less than 48 cars are on hand to try to make the field for the third round of the Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series. Round Three of True Value Dodge IROC XIX will precede the ARCA race at noon on Saturday.
TALLADEGA POLE QUALIFYING FOR FOOD WORLD 500K NOTES
BOB SCHACHT (#75 Engineered Components Ford) -- (Note: Schacht received his Talladega Pole Award from winning the pole at Daytona in the Daytona Arca 200. The joke was that they could now cancel qualifying since he already had his trophy.) -- We ran pretty good in practice, but we slowed down a bit in qualifying. It doesn't matter, though, we're on the pole. I tried some things in practice figuring it might pick things up a bit. Then, I changed it back but I didn't change it back exactly like it was. The race is what counts right now. We'll make the car a lot more comfortable now for the race. Today, I was really concerned with the wind because it picked up and then it quit and then it would pick up again. That might have played with my decision on setup, too.
This is the car we ran at Daytona. (On the rebuild after his Daytona incidents). The only thing that's left of the Daytona car is the roof and deck lid. We completely put a different body on it. We ran over some debris at Daytona and blew a tire which tore up a fender. Then, we got into something with another car. Rather than just patch things up, we put a different body on it it make it better. Come Saturday we'll have a very good car.
I think Doug Reid (outside pole) has a good head on his shoulders. He drove one of my cars in a race last year. I hope he'll have a good race on Saturday. I think he'll be smart and just settle back and see how things are. When the pit stops start and things shake out, the race can be a different story. The fastest car didn't win at Daytona. Honestly, I've never run good here. I've run good at Daytona and Atlanta, but never at Talladega. Maybe, Saturday will be a good day for us. I like the track.
MARK THOMPSON (#66 Phoenix Air Ford) -- We had run some :38's in practice. The way the wind and things are here, you never know what you might run in qualifying. It'll be a top-10 time, I'm sure. I'm pretty sure that we'll see Bob Schacht run somewhere near 48:50 for the pole. Watch.
DOUG REID (#05 Long-Lewis Ford) -- (On fast lap) We figured we could run fast. We ran 195 here in December. Then, we were the quickest car at Daytona in the ARCA test. We were quickest when we went back to Daytona in February, but blew up our good motor before qualifying. I was fastest in the second round. It was just bad luck. We were up to sixth in the race and then got into a wreck. We're learning as we go. The motor program is coming together and we're working hard. This is the same car I ran at Atlanta last year. Our super speedway car isn't ready yet. I don't know why this car is so good. It isn't supposed to. Whatever it is with the car, we aren't changing anything. I'm getting better with more experience and so is the crew. I hope the time is good enough to hold up.
HARRIS DeVANE (#33 Highland Timber Ford) -- That's the best qualifying run we've ever had. This is quite a car and it's going to be a good race car. It's a Junior Johnson car that Bill Elliott raced last year. We went to Junior's shop to pick it up and then we went to Dawsonville and got an Ernie Elliott engine to put in it. We've got some combination here. I feel good about it.
JEFF PURVIS (#1 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet) -- We ran good, but we might have taped off a bit too much. We felt we should have gone faster. This is the car that I won the race last year in.
JIMMY HORTON (#52 AC-Delco Chevrolet) -- We're not real happy with our lap. We ran quicker this morning. I'm not sure what happened. Something slowed down. We've got to look for it. We'll get racy now. Hey, sometimes this time trial stuff gives everybbody a flase reading.
GARY BRADBERRY (#78 Big B Drugs Chevrolet) -- We're a little disappointed. I thought we could run a bit quicker than that. It looked like the Fords were really strong. We've got a good car for the race. It's more a race car than a qualifying car.
KEVIN RAY (#2* Mississippi Motorplex Chevrolet) -- The car is running great but we just need more time in the car so we can test it more. We brought a new Monte Carlo here that we picked up on Tuesday, and we were hoping to go a little bit faster. It had about 10 or 15 laps on it before we took it out for qualifying -- that's all. This was not how we expected to qualify. We came off a fourth place qualifying run at Daytona (for the February Daytona ARCA 200) and we expected to do a lot better here. We need to gain a little bit more. We haven't had an awful lot of time to work with the car.