Watkins Glen, NY (August 10, 2001) - Dale Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, took home his first pole for the Global Crossing @ The Glen as his No. 88UPS Ford /parTaurus, broke the track record by more than a second with a...
Watkins Glen, NY (August 10, 2001) - Dale Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, took home his first pole for the Global Crossing @ The Glen as his No. 88UPS Ford /parTaurus, broke the track record by more than a second with a lap clocked at 71.884 (122.698 mph). The former record was held by Rusty Wallace with a time of 72.752 (121.234 mph), set in 1999.
"I was up here with some really good road racers," Jarrett commented on a test session that he and his team attended at the end of July on the 2.45-mile road course. "That test session helped a lot, but the work we did on the car really made the difference here."
Ricky Rudd, Jarrett's Robert Yates Racing teammate, claimed the second starting position in his No. 28 Texaco Havoline Ford. The first Chevrolet to make the field with third place starter Jerry Nadeau in the No. 25 UAW-Delphi Monte Carlo.
The Bully Hill Vineyards 250 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event capped off the day at The Glen. Team Dyson took home the overall victory with the SRP No. 16 car with Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver sharing driving duties in the Ford R & S. Pole-sitters Doran Lista Racing drivers Didier Theys and Mauro Baldi wheeled there way around the short 2.45-mile course to a second place finish.
Other winners included Archangel Motorsports SRPII with drivers Ben Devlin and David Sterenberg in the No. 21. Winners in the GTS class was No. 5 Team Fordahl with Chris Bingham and Ron Johnson behind the wheel
Winning the GT class of the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 were NASCAR Winston Cup Regulars, Kyle Petty and John Andretti in the No. 45 Orbit racing Porsche. The teammates were involved in a late race incident, but were ruled by Grand-Am officials as the class winners.
Ron Fellows, winner of this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier in the year, was on hand as Grand Marshal for the race. Fellows will fly the Bully Hill Vineyards colors this weekend in the Global Crossing @ The Glen. Fellows will start seventh on Sunday.
The NASCAR Busch North Series also qualified in preparation for the "Little Trees "150 presented by Pepsi, set to start tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Tom Carey took the pole with a time of 75.689 (116.529 mph) in the No. 44 Wittenberg University/EJ Prescott Chevrolet. Defending series champion, Brad Leighton in the No. 55 Burnham Boilers Chevrolet, will be starting on the outside of the front row. The No. 13 LesCare Kitchen Chevrolet driven by Ted Christopher will take the green flag in the third position.
Ticket for the Global Crossing @ The Glen are still available. For tickets, camping and additional information please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official web site at www.theglen.com.