Richmond, VA, June 28 - Dave Steele claimed the pole for tomorrow's Dominic's of New York 100 race for the USAC Weld Silver Crown Series. Steele topped the clock with a time of 20.166 seconds, just a hair off Tracy Hines' record of 20.159 seconds...
Richmond, VA, June 28 - Dave Steele claimed the pole for tomorrow's Dominic's of New York 100 race for the USAC Weld Silver Crown Series. Steele topped the clock with a time of 20.166 seconds, just a hair off Tracy Hines' record of 20.159 seconds set last year. Veteran Chet Fillip took second, at 20.193 seconds, in a car he designed and built himself. Third fastest qualifier J.J. Yeley turned a first lap of 20.216 seconds, then got a little squirrelly in turn one as he tried a little too hard on his second lap.
Steele's pole was not a great surprise. He ran well here last year, and currently sits at the top of the series points.
"Our car was pretty good all day," he said. "We unloaded pretty fast. Every time we went out the track had more grip to it, and actually our car started to get a little bit tight, so we might have to adjust for that a little bit. We had a pretty good qualifying. The first lap I ran into turn one too hard, and I think I was a little careful on the second (the faster) lap."
Fillip was not expecting to be on the front row - all he wanted to do was qualify for the feature. "They didn't even tell me how quick I was running in practice. It wasn't too bad, and we just picked it up a little bit in qualifying. We're really surprised. I'm just happy not to have to run the consolation race - I hate that race. This is a little bit of cushion, so we can sleep on it."
Fillip runs a limited schedule of 10 to 15 races a year, and strives to do well in them. Today's performance may have been a surprise to Chet, but it wasn't to his fans.
J.J. Yeley was, however, going for it all. "I was pretty fast all practice," he said. "I went out to qualify - I thought we had a really good shot at the pole - and I just overdrove the car both laps. Unfortunately for myself I got the car a little bit loose, and it just cost me the little bit of time that we were off of Dave's speed."
The fastest 24 cars of the 34 qualifiers are in the field for tomorrow's race. They are separated by just over 0.7 seconds. The other 10 cars will battle for the remaining six slots in a 15 lap qualifying race scheduled to start at 1:30 pm tomorrow. The 100 lap Dominic's of New York 100 takes the green at 5:00 pm.