NAZARETH, PA - Two-time NASCAR Busch series champion Randy LaJoie scored his ninth career pole and first at Nazareth Speedway. LaJoie, who has one win at the 1-mile speedway, posted a lap 133.215 mph; almost one-mile an hour faster than the rest of the field.
"We've been beat up pretty hard this week," said LaJoie. "We're going to have to dig in really hard to come back. I got my very first Busch South victory here at Nazareth, so maybe we can turn it around and get the Kleenex car back in victory lane. Put me back in victory lane.
"I can't wait to go racing here at Nazareth."
LaJoie beat Stacy Compton late in the qualifying effort, to steal away Compton's first chance for a Busch Series pole.
"It sucks doesn't it?" joked Compton. "We knew Randy was going to be tough. He was good in practice. We've been getting closer every week, and we'll get there.
"We've got an awful good race car, we knew it (the lap) wasn't going to hold up. When Bliss went out and ran what he did, and then the No. 2 (Hornaday) ran what he did, I thought well maybe we got a chance. But, Randy was good in practice and we knew he was going to be the one to beat. And he was, he got us by about a tenth or so, congratulations to them.
"We'll just knock them off some other time."
Ron Hornaday starts third, followed by Mike Bliss and Scott Riggs.
This is one of the few stand alone Busch series races of the year, with Winston Cupper's busy in Charlotte, this is a chance for the Busch stars to shine; as LaJoie searches for his 16th career win and Compton his first.