USAR: Rockingham CS: Qualifying report

Woody Howard Wins Pole for Black's Tire America 200 Rockingham, N.C.--Woody Howard captured his first pole of the season during the qualifying for the Black's Tire America 200 at Rockingham Speedway. Howard, driver of the No. 55n Dean ...

Woody Howard Wins Pole for Black's Tire America 200

Rockingham, N.C.--Woody Howard captured his first pole of the season during the qualifying for the Black's Tire America 200 at Rockingham Speedway.

Howard, driver of the No. 55n Dean Motorsports Chevrolet, lapped the mile-long track in 23.986 seconds at 150.088 mph to take the Awesome Awnings Pole.

"We never did a sticker run during practice; that's what amazes me," said Howard, who now has five career poles. "I cant' believe how good it drove. A lot of times the guy who gets the pole here doesn't race that well. But we worked on race setup the entire time, so hopefully that won't be the case for us."

While Howard was the only driver to break the 150 mph barrier, a gaggle of drivers qualified in the 149 mph range.

Matt Merrell, driver of the No. 32n Merrell Lease Chevrolet, turned in a time of 24.002 at 149.988 mph, grabbing his third front-row start of the season.

Drew Herring, driver of the No. 22s BTS Tire & Wheel Distributor Ford, clipped off a lap of 24.053 seconds at 149.669 mph. Herring will start tomorrow's race with a 30-point lead in the rookie race over Merrell.

James Buescher, driver of the No. 84s Mercedes Homes Chevrolet, will start fourth with a time of 24.061 seconds at 149.620 mph.

Carl Long, driver of the No. 12s Romeo Guest Construction Ford, completed the top five with a lap of 24.073 seconds at 149.545 mph.

Point leader Benny Gordon will start 12th, while Mark McFarland, who trails Gordon by 27 points, will start sixth.

The Black's Tire America 200 will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

<pre> Qualifying Times 1. Woody Howard 23.986 2. Matt Merrell 24.002 3. Drew Herring 24.053 4. James Buescher 24.061 5. Carl Long 24.073 6. Mark McFarland 24.178 7. A.J. Frank 24.207 8. Clay Rogers 24.21 9. Mikey Kile 24.242 10. Trevor Bayne 24.29 11. Caleb Holman 24.306 12. Benny Gordon 24.309 13. Jeff Agnew 24.441 14. J.P. Morgan 24.482 15. Matt Hawkins 24.577 16. Matt Lofton 24.582 17. Michael Kidd 24.608 18. Bobby Gill 24.61 19. Jay Fogleman 24.612 20. John Gibson 24.634 21. Tim Bainey Jr. 24.671 22. Tom Hessert 24.695 23. Bryan Silas 24.844 24. Michael Ritch 24.865 25. Allen Purkhiser 24.984 26. Derek Kale 25.028 27. Gary St. Amant 25.06 28. Brett Butler 25.12 29. Sam Fullone 25.122 30. Derrick Kelley 25.284 31. Ronnie Souders 25.515 32. Dana White 25.904 33. Larry Barrett 26.155 34. Joe Harrison 26.477 35. Joey Coulter NT </pre> -credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Trevor Bayne , Carl Long , Tom Hessert , Caleb Holman , Mark McFarland , Bryan Silas , James Buescher , Mikey Kile , Brett Butler , A.J. Frank , Joey Coulter , Tim Bainey Jr. , Matt Lofton , Drew Herring , Matt Merrell , Jeff Agnew , John Gibson