Lake Erie: Qualifying report

Erie, Pa. (August 23, 2003) -- South Carolina driver Toby Porter bumped the American Speed Association current point's leader Kevin Cywinski from the top spot to claim his first career pole position during qualifying for today's Erie 250. The...

Erie, Pa. (August 23, 2003) -- South Carolina driver Toby Porter bumped the American Speed Association current point's leader Kevin Cywinski from the top spot to claim his first career pole position during qualifying for today's Erie 250.

The Erie 250 will be broadcast Sunday on the Speed Channel starting at 5 p.m. (EDT).

Porter in the Meijer Chevrolet toured the .375-mile oval in 15.096 seconds (89.428 mph) to knock Cywinski in the Great Clips Chevrolet from the top spot and then watched as rookie point's leader Reed Sorenson in the ACDelco Chevrolet came up short in the run for the pole.

Sorenson was the quickest driver during two of the three practice sessions, but lost about a tenth of a second in qualifying to claim the outside starting position on the front row with a time of 15.141-seconds (89.162 mph).

Cywinski, looking to capture the "Top Gun" award for winning at the three new tracks visited by ASA in 2003, will start third after turning a lap at 15.149-seconds (89.115 mph). Florida rookie Travis Kittleson will start fourth in the Bob Steele Chevrolet with a time of 15.177-seconds (88.950 mph).

Porter replaced Pennsylvania driver Ryan Hemphill in the Meijer Chevrolet at the sixth event of the ASA season at Hawkeye Downs Speedway and has driven to three top-ten finishes in seven starts.

"We made a few changes in the car after practice," said Porter of the pole run. "We just had to fine tune the car after testing here last week, Every race we're getting a little better.

"Having tested here made the day easier," he continued. "We never made a sticker run because of traffic on the track. I'm excited about winning the pole. It's nice to get that first one."

Sorenson said the Chevrolet was good all day on old and new tires.

"The car was still good in qualifying," he said. "We were about a tenth of a second off our practice times. We have a good car for the race and maybe can get that first win."

Cywinski has already won in 2003 at Houston Motor Speedway and Mansfield Motorsports Speedway during ASA's initial stops at the tracks in Texas and Ohio.

He is coming off a win last Saturday in the Pennsylvania 250 at Jennerstown Speedway and leads Butch Miller by 134 points for the championship with five races remaining.

Cywinski said he was surprised by Porter's lap and expected Sorenson to be quick after the three practice sessions.

"We needed to back up our mock qualifying run, which we were able to do," said Cywinski. "I thing we have a little more for the race, hopefully we will.

"This is a great facility,' he said. "To win at all the new tracks would be great. This track is unbelievably smooth and there should be two racing grooves."

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American Speed Association Lake Erie 250 Erie, Pennsylvania Starting Line-up Race Sunday

1       Toby Porter             Chevrolet       89.428 mph
2       Reed Sorenson           Chevrolet       89.162 mph
3       Kevin Cywinski          Chevrolet       89.115 mph
4       Travis Kittleson        Chevrolet       88.950 mph
5       Joey Miller             Chevrolet       88.874 mph
6       Butch Miller            Chevrolet       88.652 mph
7       Peter Cozzolino         Chevrolet       88.647 mph
8       Robbie Pyle             Chevrolet       88.612 mph
9       Mike Garvey             Chevrolet       88.594 mph
10      Glenn Allen Jr.         Chevrolet       88.588 mph
11      Gary St. Amant          Chevrolet       88.467 mph
12      Chris Wimmer            Chevrolet       88.426 mph
13      Greg Stewart            Chevrolet       88.264 mph
14      Todd Kluever            Chevrolet       88.241 mph
15      Andrew Morrisey         Chevrolet       88.189 mph
16      Rich Bickle             Chevrolet       88.178 mph
17      Bryan Reffner           Chevrolet       88.178 mph
18      Chad Wood               Chevrolet       88.103 mph
19      Zach Niessner           Chevrolet       88.103 mph
20      Rick Beebe              Ford            87.965 mph
21      Boris Jurkovic          Chevrolet
22      Davin Scites            Chevrolet
23      Ed Brown                Chevrolet
24      Greg Williams           Chevrolet
25      Kris Stump              Ford
26      Brent Downey            Chevrolet
27      Billy Whitaker          Chevrolet
28      Troy Wangerin           Chevrolet
29      Jim Ross                Chevrolet
30      Greg Edwards            Chevrolet
31      Tim Jedrzejek           Chevrolet
32      Kyle Burts              Pontiac

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rich Bickle , Greg William , Bryan Reffner , Ryan Hemphill , Chris Wimmer , Reed Sorenson , Todd Kluever , Greg Stewart , Butch Miller , Mike Garvey , Joey Miller , Travis Kittleson , Ed Brown
Teams Williams