BUSCH: Gateway Qualifying Report

Hall wins second career Bud Pole By Shawn A. Akers MADISON, Ill. (Oct. 16, 1998) Shane Hall didn't have much time to enjoy his first NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Bud Pole, which he won last season at South Boston. Just a ...

Hall wins second career Bud Pole By Shawn A. Akers

MADISON, Ill. (Oct. 16, 1998) Shane Hall didn't have much time to enjoy his first NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Bud Pole, which he won last season at South Boston. Just a couple of hours later, he had to go out and race. However, he'll have a little bit more time to enjoy No. 2. The driver of the No. 85 Big A Auto Parts Chevrolet clocked a fast lap of 132.361 mph to earn the second Bud Pole of his NASCAR Busch Series career, taking the top spot during for Saturday's CarQuest Auto Parts 250 at Gateway International Raceway. Last June, Hall put his No. 85 Chevrolet on the Bud Pole at South Boston Speedway, but had to turn right around and drive the car in the race. He finished a disappointing 28th when he was involved in an accident. He'll have an evening and the better part of the morning on Saturday to revel in Friday's Bud Pole. "We'll go out and celebrate a little bit tonight," said Hall, who has only two other top-10 starts this season. "Winning the first one at South Boston was great, but we'll have time to let this one sink in. Hopefully, we can do a bit better in the race here than we did at South Boston." A 2 1/2-hour rain delay slowed on-track activities on Friday. A total of 32 cars were able to qualify prior to the rain showers, and Andy Santerre clocked the fastest lap prior to the delay with what was a track record of 131.326 mph. After the session resumed, five drivers bested Santerre's speed: Hall, Dave Blaney, Jeff Purvis, Glenn Allen and Joe Bessey, . "I really don't think the temperatures had much to do with it," said Purvis, who qualified third at 131.664 mph. "I thought that the times were actually slower than what they were in the last practice. There were a couple of people that surprised me with how slow their laps were." That group included Dale Earnhardt Jr., who wound up 13th-fastest with a lap of 131.065 mph. Earnhardt Jr. had been among the fastest in both morning practice sessions. Hall, however, figured he had as good an opportunity as anyone to win the Bud Pole, and gave it everything he had to do so. "This team hasn't had a chance to enjoy much of the season this year, so I told the guys that I was going to go out there and give it my best shot and not leave anything on the table," Hall said. "This pole was for them because they've worked so hard this year and gotten so little reward from anything. They can really enjoy this one. "And, it couldn't have come at a better time for us. We haven't secured a sponsor yet for next year, so hopefully this will help us out a little bit. We really needed something like this, and what would be even better is to go out and get a top-10 or a top-five finish here." Blaney, who won his first career NASCAR Busch Series Bud Pole at Charlotte two weeks ago, was second-fastest at 131.748 mph. Rounding out the top-10 were Purvis, Allen (131.537 mph), Bessey (131.487), Santerre, Buckshot Jones (131.291), Ed Berrier (131.268), Casey Atwood (131.257) and Matt Kenseth (131.234). The top 36 positions were determined on Friday. Seven provisionals were also awarded. Defending race champion Elliott Sadler had to settle for a provisional and will start 37th. Also receiving provisionals were Jeff Krogh, Ashton Lewis, Johnny Chapman, Patty Moise, Scott Hansen and Eric Jones. Tracy Leslie, J.D. Gibbs, Joey McCarthy, Eric Bodine and Melvin Walen all failed to qualify.

Source: NASCAR Online

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