Field Set for Carolina 500 ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (May 3. 2008) -- Joey Logano, who paced Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Series practice at Rockingham Speedway, edged Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by a mere 0.080 second Saturday to earn the pole position for this ...
Field Set for Carolina 500
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (May 3. 2008) -- Joey Logano, who paced Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Series practice at Rockingham Speedway, edged Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by a mere 0.080 second Saturday to earn the pole position for this weekend's Carolina 500.
Logano, who will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing in June, posted a lap of 146.645 mph, 24.549 seconds, in a Chevrolet. Stenhouse, driving a Roush Fenway Racing Ford, turned a lap on the 1-mile track of 146.169 mph, 24.629 seconds.
"I feel pretty confident for tomorrow," Logano said. "I think we got a really good car for the long run. We were able to move around a lot in practice yesterday and try different things. Traffic is gonna be a bear out there, so it's gonna be staying out of trouble most of the night."
Stenhouse said he didn't expect for be second quickest.
"To come out here and pick up a second, I was pretty surprised," Stenhouse admitted. "I figured we'd be top five or 10. I didn't really know we'd be on the front row. The guys changed a little bit on the car from out last qualifying run yesterday [Saturday]. I just got into the gas and it stuck."
Rounding out the top 10, respectively, were: Justin Lofton, Dodge; Michael Annett and Jack Bailey in Toyotas; Matt Carter, Ford; Justin Marks, Toyota; Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet; Ken Butler, Toyota; and Austin Dillon, Chevrolet.
Dillon, the grandson of NASCAR championship car owner Richard Childress, said the 312-lap event was "grassroots racing again."
"I watched the last race here (in February 2004)," Dillon said. "This is really cool to go back I history and watch these guys, and now we get to come here and race 50 cars on the track. That's just really cool."