MADISON, IL - Ashton Lewis, Jr. driving the Lewis Motorsports No. 46 Chevy garners his first career Bud Pole at Gateway International Raceway. The former Skip Barber Formula Ford champion turned a lap of 131.903 mph to land the top spot.
"I am just so amazed to get my first pole here," stated a delighted Lewis. "The first pole for Civil Air Patrol, they deserve this every bit as much as we do.
"We did not get to make any mock qualifying runs so Charlie (Lewis, Crew Chief and Ashton's brother) had to guess at the setup and I'd say he did an amazing job."
The pole revitalized the family owned team, which has struggled this season. Lewis has only one top-ten in 2003, a third at Nashville, and six finishes of 20th or worse. Currently, Lewis sits 19th in series standings.
Rounding out the top five are Ron Hornaday, Jason Keller, Stacy Compton and Kasey Khane.
Current points leader, Todd Bodine secured the 16th position in the No. 92 Herzog-Jackson Chevy. The struggling team announced this week that they had landed a six-race sponsorship with ESGR- the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The influx of much needed financial support will allow the team to continue its season.
Only 42-cars attempted to qualify for the 43-car field.