Marne, Michigan (July 13, 2001) -- While ASA veteran Butch Miller is still looking for his first win of the 2001 season, he continues to dominate qualifying, as the Coopersville, Michigan native captured his fifth pole of the season, turning the...
Marne, Michigan (July 13, 2001) -- While ASA veteran Butch Miller is still looking for his first win of the 2001 season, he continues to dominate qualifying, as the Coopersville, Michigan native captured his fifth pole of the season, turning the .438-mile Berlin Raceway at 16.454 sec. (95.831 mph). Miller beat out 2000 rookie of the year Joey Clanton after setting the quick time for Sunday's tires.com 300 presented by BFGoodrich Tires late in the qualifying order. It is his 42nd career pole position.
"I really didn't expect this pole," said Miller. "We have a great setup for the race tomorrow. Once again, I would give up all these poles though for just one win. We had a good car all day long. The cloud cover we had didn't hurt us at all."
Clanton held the point through most of the qualifying session. His time of 16.565 sec. (95.189 mph) was a lift in the spirits for the team, as Clanton destroyed him primary car late in the second practice session after d spinning and hitting the wall in turn three.
"It shows the dedication of this team," said Clanton. "They gave me the opportunity to get back to pole speed. I have a lot of confidence in this team to give me the best car at each track. This is a real accomplishment for this team."
ASA's all-time winning driver at Berlin Raceway, Mike Eddy, will start third in the tires.com 300, lapping the track at 16.568 sec. (95.171 mph). "It's better than we have been all year long," said Eddy. "We keep working on the car and it is nice to finally see some results."
Defending ASA National Champion Gary St. Amant turned in the fourth fastest time of the qualifying session, turning his lap at 16.644 sec. (94.737 mph). Six-time 2001 ASA event winner Johnny Sauter will start fifth, after qualifying at 16.656 sec. (94.669 mph).
The 100-lap qualifying race was called off when several teams entered for the tires.com 300 were not on the grounds at the time of the scheduled drivers' meeting Friday morning. ASA's format for determining the starting field for sanctioned events is based upon the number of cars and teams in attendance. As of Friday morning, the number of cars on the grounds was insufficient to produce a full field of cars for the scheduled 100-lap qualifier race. ASA will also add a 30-minute "Happy Hour" practice session, allowing teams a final opportunity to tune and test.
The schedule of events for Saturday's tires.com 300 will not be altered, with spectator gates opening at 11 a.m., the ASA on-track fan autograph session beginning at 7 p.m. and the tires.com 300 presented by BFGoodrich Tires taking the green flag shortly after 9 p.m.