DISMORE WINS 26TH IRL POLE FOR OLDSMOBILE DOVER, Del. - For the second time this season, Kelley Racing teammates Mark Dismore and Scott Sharp captured the front row in their Oldsmobile-powered Dallaras after a dominant...
DISMORE WINS 26TH IRL POLE FOR OLDSMOBILE
DOVER, Del. - For the second time this season, Kelley Racing teammates Mark Dismore and Scott Sharp captured the front row in their Oldsmobile-powered Dallaras after a dominant performance in qualifying today at Dover Downs International Speedway. Dismore and Sharp will reprise their side-by-side start in June at the Longhorn 500 at Texas Motor Speedway when the green flag falls for Sunday's MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200. After consistently topping the speed charts during practice, the Kelley teammates were the only drivers who exceeded 182 mph in qualifying. Dismore tamed the intimidating "Monster Mile" with a 19.711-second lap (182.639 mph) to claim his second career IRL pole - and the 26th consecutive pole for Oldsmobile's IRL Aurora V8. Sharp, winner of the preceding race in Atlanta and defending champion at Dover Downs, circled the all-concrete oval in 19.735 seconds (182.417 mph) to capture the outside front row starting spot. "I couldn't ask for the car to be any better than it was," said Dismore, 42, of Greenfield, Ind. "Considering the heat and the fact that I was able to run within a couple of hundredths of my practice time, I've got to be happy. Scott and I basically have the same tools. I'm really hungry for a win. My strategy for tomorrow is to go like hell!" Oldsmobile engines powered the fastest 18 qualifiers as the only Nissan Infiniti Indy in the field qualified 5.63 mph slower than Dismore's pole-winning speed. Twenty-two of the 23 starters will use IRL Aurora V8 engines in tomorrow's race. Suffocating 97-degree heat, an IRL-mandated high-drag aerodynamic setup, and a 500-rpm reduction in maximum engine speed produced slightly slower qualifying times than last year's inaugural event when Tony Stewart set the absolute track record at 185.204 mph. "This place is so fast that you don't really feel the changes in the engines," said Sharp. "We're just working to keep all four wheels under the car tomorrow. We made some subtle changes that would make the car easy to drive. Mark and I won't take any chances out there." Greg Ray qualified third at 181.068 mph in Team Menard's Glidden Oldsmobile Dallara, the seventh time this season he has been among the four fastest qualifiers. "We definitely left something on the table with the gear ratio we selected because I was hitting the rev limiter pretty hard," Ray revealed. "Qualifying third is really more than we expected. I think we're going to be really good in the race - it's going to be 100 degrees, it's going to be very humid. If the race stays green for long periods, you're going to see the guys who are in good shape go to the front - and that's what I'm hoping for!" The MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 will start at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 1. The race will be televised on tape delay on the FOX network starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT. It will be broadcast live on the Indy Racing Radio Network.
MBNA MID-ATLANTIC 200 TOP FIVE QUALIFIERS
Driver Entrant Engine Speed 1. Mark Dismore Kelley Racing Oldsmobile 182.639 mph 2. Scott Sharp Kelley Racing Oldsmobile 182.417 3. Greg Ray Team Menard Oldsmobile 181.068 4. Sam Schmidt Treadway Racing Oldsmobile 181.005 5. Scott Harrington Harrington Mtspts. Oldsmobile 180.415