Winchester qualifying report

Stremme captures Winchester 400 pole. WINCHESTER, IN - Three drivers will battle the notorious high banks at Winchester Speedway in hopes of capturing the American Speed Association championship and the $200,000 bonus in today's Winchester ...

Stremme captures Winchester 400 pole.

WINCHESTER, IN - Three drivers will battle the notorious high banks at Winchester Speedway in hopes of capturing the American Speed Association championship and the $200,000 bonus in today's Winchester 400.

Following Saturday qualifying, Joey Clanton in the Camp Fire USA Chevrolet leads Gary St. Amant in the ACDelco Chevrolet by 11 points with Kevin Cywinski in the Texas Roadhouse Chevrolet another 78 markers back.

South Bend's David Stremme, with the rookie title already in hand, captured the pole position for the Winchester 400 with a lap at 112.754 mph (15.964-seconds) around the half-mile oval.

Mike Garvey in the Tecumseh Chevrolet will start second with a lap of 112.324 mph (16.025-seconds) with Clanton and St. Amant making up the second row.

Less than a half-second separated the top 20 qualifiers for the Winchester 400 which is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. with an on-track autograph session starting at 11 a.m.

It was Stremme's first pole position of the year and the first since he captured the top spot for the 2001 version of the Winchester 400. Last year was the first time that Stremme teamed up with legendary crew chief Howie Lettow.

"We had a good race car here last year and we concentrated on getting a better race car for this race," said Stremme, coming off a win last Saturday at Indianapolis Raceway Park. "Having worked with Howard (Lettow) all year, we have gotten to understand ea ch other.

"We have a good car for the race, but at Winchester you have to have some luck and stay out of trouble to finish in the top three," he said. "It seems like the last 100 laps here are hard because you have to really work to keep the car under you."

Garvey, who finished last week at IRP, said his qualifying run was as fast as the Tecumseh Chevrolet would go.

"I'm glad that's over (qualifying)," said Garvey, "lets go race. It seemed hard to get the car to get a grip on the track. It was the same old Winchester."

Clanton said he was disappointed the team didn't win the pole, but was glad to have gained a point on St. Amant.

"I wanted the pole," he said. "I was just trying too hard. You turn the wheel a little too much here and it costs you spend. I probably left a tenth out on the track. You hold your breath during qualifying here and find a comfortable pace during the race."

Clanton said the team rebuilt the Chevrolet this past week in preparation for the championship battle.

"You have to have a car that will last 400 laps at Winchester," he said. "We've been prepared all year long."

Cywinski said his qualifying run felt better than a 15th place showing.

"We ran the same speed all day," he said, "and just couldn't find a little extra. We know we have to stay out of trouble and finish the race.

"It will take a little bit of luck and for things to fall our way to win the championship," continued Cywinski. "We're a little further back then we would like to be, but that has taken the pressure off of us."

Indianapolis driver Russ Tuttle in the Conseco Chevrolet will start 12th, Tim Taylor in the Taylor Racing Chevrolet will roll off 23rd and Peter Cozzolino in the A&A Manufacturing Chevrolet will start 28th after spinning on his second qualifying lap.

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Series Stock car
Drivers David Stremme , Joey Clanton , Mike Garvey