By PNSchilke - Motorsport.com
Friday, August 17, 2001 -- Last year, Buckshot Jones set a new Busch Grand National track record at Michigan International Speedway and with cloudy skies and cool temperatures, no one expected the record to be broken. However, Jimmy Spencer (Chevy) decided that was not to be the case -- he broke the record by a mere 0.008 of a second. The new record is 184.824 MPH. "The Yellow team worked hard and I should have been faster. The track at a lot of grip," said Spencer after his qualifying run. Spencer has the pole position for the NAPA Online.com 250 race tomorrow at 1:00 PM.
The fastest rookie was Larry Foyt (Chevy) who qualified in fifth position. "He has a lot of experience and likes this place," said Larry when asked about the infamous, A.J. Foyt. Larry went on to say, "We have Mark Green here with us today and said my line was good in practice so I stayed with it." When asked about taking AJ's advice at the tracks that he has raced on, Larry said, "Oh yes, he gives good advice but whenever he tells us that he won here (the track that they are at), we laugh and say 'yes, but it was dirt back then.' He is not here today because he is with my cousin at another track."
After winning the pole, Spencer had to change and get ready for the Cup qualifying. He would like to have the pole position for both races at MIS this weekend.