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dreamerscandles.com 100 Day 1 Notebook Jr. Wins Pole for Pro Series Race FORT WORTH, Texas, Friday, Oct. 10, 2003 - Arie Luyendyk Jr. won the pole for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series dreamerscandles.com 100 with a lap of 28.1186 seconds,...

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Jr. Wins Pole for Pro Series Race

FORT WORTH, Texas, Friday, Oct. 10, 2003 - Arie Luyendyk Jr. won the pole for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series dreamerscandles.com 100 with a lap of 28.1186 seconds, 186.282 in the No. 5 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

MENARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES POLE QUALIFYING NOTES:

*The starting line-up for the dreamerscandles.com 100 consists of 17 cars, the second-largest field for a Menards Infiniti Pro Series race. The record is 19 at the Freedom 100 in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

*Arie Luyendyk Jr. won his third career Menards Infiniti Pro Series pole. His last pole came in July at Michigan.

MENARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES POLE QUALIFYING QUOTES:

MARK TAYLOR (No. 4 Fulmar Panther Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"We'll make a couple of changes for tomorrow to free it up and make it a bit quicker, and then we'll see what the day will bring. I really like this track. It's fast and fun to drive. I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow."

ED CARPENTER (No. 14 Futaba/Delphi/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"This is right where we practiced. People have gone a lot faster than us in practice. That's about all I can do by myself in practice. With the banking, we won't have the big push like we have at other places. We usually have a pretty good handling car in traffic. If the car is really good in traffic, it will be good in the race."

DANE CARTER (No. 41 Panther Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"We'll just take this race and see how things go. Hopefully, I'll be here next year. I'd like to be. We were in the top 10 for qualifying, so I'd be happy in the top five, top eight, top 10, top 15. I guess I'm just happy to be here. I hope I don't get in any trouble or cause any trouble that would be my fault."

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 20 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"We did about what we did in practice running alone, so I didn't expect any more. Really, we're just kind of lost, because the last two races we've been really slow. We've qualified in the top five every race until these last two, so we're struggling to find out what's wrong with the car."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"I feel great. This is our second pole of the year. The car really felt good. It was good when we rolled it off the trailer. I've got to give thanks to my crew and Mark Moore, my engineer, for setting up the car. It was perfect to drive, and I hope we can stay up front tomorrow. Our chances for tomorrow look pretty good right now. We've got the car to beat. It is great in traffic. Hopefully, we can stay in the lead all day. The car is planted. It's great. This is a great track to race at. I am sure there will be a lot of passing going on, but hopefully, we can stay up front. The Infiniti Pro Series is a great development series. It's good to develop drivers for the IndyCar Series. I've learned a lot. It taught me to drive well on the ovals. I am excited, and hopefully, I can get to the IndyCar Series next year."

AARON FIKE (No. 91 RFMS/Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"The car was good. The team did a good job. This is the last race of the year, and we're trying to end with a good finish. We've got a good front-row starting spot, and hopefully, we can pull out a win. Once I got up into fifth gear and got up on the rpms, I finally got to pull sixth gear, and I carried a lot more speed. It takes so long to get up your momentum here. Once I could pull sixth gear, I could go faster."

Menards Infiniti Pro Series standout Aaron Fike competed in the ARCA event last night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. He started 31st and finished 16th.

AARON FIKE:

"I thought it was going to be a lot easier than it was. We were supposed to go down to Charlotte and run a few hours, but everything got rained out. Luckily, the team I ran for, Shelby Howard, had enough points for me to take a provisional start. My first real laps in a stock car came after the green flag dropped. We had a good pit stop, and I learned a tremendous amount throughout the race. I started off going backward in the field, but I started picking up positions after 15 laps or so."

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