BUSCH: Bud Pole Story

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 27, 1998) Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first career NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Bud Pole Friday, turning in a lap of 122.217 miles per hour for Saturday's Moore's Snacks 250 at Bristol Motor ...

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 27, 1998)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first career NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Bud Pole Friday, turning in a lap of 122.217 miles per hour for Saturday's Moore's Snacks 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt drove his Chevrolet around the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" track in 15.700 seconds. He has led 25 laps in the first five races of the year, good for ninth in that category. Buckshot Jones will join Earnhardt on the front row after circling "Thunder Valley" in his Pontiac in in 15.730 seconds, for a speed of 121.983 around the .533-mile paved speedway. Jones finished 10th at this event last season.

Positions three through seven on the starting grid will be occupied by Chevrolets, which leads all manufacturers with 10 victories at Bristol Motor Speedway. Elliott Sadler and Kevin Grubb compose row two. Blaise Alexander and Andy Santerre are fifth and sixth, respectively, while Randy LaJoie will start seventh.

The Fords of Michael Waltrip and Elton Sawyer follow in the eighth and ninth spots, while Dave Blaney begins the race 10th in the No. 93 Pontiac.

Defending race winner Jeff Burton qualified 12th in his Ford. Burton won a wild race last season, following a two-hour rain delay. It was his first win in the NASCAR Busch Series since 1993 in Myrtle Beach.

Bristol Motor Speedway's 36-degree banked concrete turns provide some of the most exciting action on the circuit. The 133-mile race is the sixth of 31 stops for the NASCAR Busch Series in 1998.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Michael Waltrip , Elton Sawyer , Buckshot Jones , Blaise Alexander , Kevin Grubb , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney