Hamilton wins Bud Pole at Memphis By Brett Borden MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 12, 2000) Bobby Hamilton was the last driver out in Bud Pole Qualifying Friday at Memphis Motorsports Park. His name is first on the starting grid, though. Hamilton knocked...
Hamilton wins Bud Pole at Memphis
By Brett Borden
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 12, 2000) Bobby Hamilton was the last driver out in Bud Pole Qualifying Friday at Memphis Motorsports Park. His name is first on the starting grid, though. Hamilton knocked defending race winner Greg Biffle off of the top spot on the final run with a speed of 118.043 mph, and will lead the field to green in Saturday's Quaker State 200 presented by AutoZone.
"We had to move the truck up a little to get through tech (technical inspection), but the truck was still hitting in the corners," said the driver of the No. 4 Dana Dodge. "We knew that the cloud cover would help us and we got lucky during qualifying and that made the Dana Dodge even faster than it was when we practiced.
"We actually messed with air pressure all day to keep the truck tight and then when the track tightened up we were able to mess with the air pressure again to make the truck right. I was surprised that it ran so well on the first lap so I knew that the second lap was good."
It was Hamilton's third career Bud Pole in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He became the fourth Bud Pole winner this year, joining Joe Ruttman, Mike Wallace, and Biffle. Hamilton's last Bud Pole in the series came at Richmond in 1999.
For Biffle, who won the Bud Pole at Memphis in both previous years the series has run here, he said he only had himself to blame for not making it three.
"It went really good," said the driver of the No. 50 Grainger Racing Ford. "But I think I left a little bit on the table and for that I feel bad for the guys. They really deserve three poles in a row. We have a truck that is easily capable of turning a 22.7 (Hamilton won with a 22.87), but I got into Turn 2 a little too hot both laps. I really thought it was going to turn a little better the second time, though. We made a small adjustment to the truck just before we went through tech and it may have made a difference. I think that time will give us a solid top-5 starting spot for the race and that's great for us."
Bryan Reffner qualified third, Terry Cook fourth and Jack Sprague fifth. Rounding out the top-10 were Rob Morgan, Marty Houston, Rick Crawford, Mike Wallace, and Randy Tolsma. Nine drivers failed to make the race.