National/Western Phoenix qualifying notes

STEELE EARNS NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET POLE AT PHOENIX AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Dave Steele's love of and skill at Phoenix International Raceway continued Saturday as he earned the pole for Sunday's National/Western Midget Car Series "Fast Signs 25,"...

STEELE EARNS NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET POLE AT PHOENIX

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Dave Steele's love of and skill at Phoenix International Raceway continued Saturday as he earned the pole for Sunday's National/Western Midget Car Series "Fast Signs 25," part of the "Copper World Classic."

Steele, the four-time reigning champion of the Silver Crown Series race, posted a time of 26.578 seconds during qualifications to begin a new era in Toyota Motorsports history. Steele is driving one of two Toyota cars for owner Steve Lewis.

Steele, of Tampa, Fla., is scheduled to start fourth in Sunday's Silver Crown race.

Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. recorded the second fast time of the afternoon and will start alongside Steele when the green flag flies to begin the race, the season opener for both the National and Western Series.

Defending National champion Josh Wise will start 10th.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Steele , Bobby East , Josh Wise