Talladega Qualifying Report

Steele Continues Dominance, Grabs Pole for Saturday's Winn Dixie 300 TALLADEGA, Ala. (October 8, 1998) -- Tim Steele, who has dominated the competition in recent years at the "World's Fastest Speedway," did it again Thursday. Steele captured ...

Steele Continues Dominance, Grabs Pole for Saturday's Winn Dixie 300

TALLADEGA, Ala. (October 8, 1998) -- Tim Steele, who has dominated the competition in recent years at the "World's Fastest Speedway," did it again Thursday. Steele captured the pole for Saturday's ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Winn Dixie 300 by nearly two miles per hour.

Steele, driving his familiar No. 16 HS Die/Softech Ford Thunderbird, won his fifth ARCA Series pole of the season. The Coopersville, Mich. native toured the 2.66-mile high-banked facility in 50.738 seconds, for an average speed of 188.734 mph. Steele, who leads the all-time ARCA superspeedway victory list with 19, will attempt to win his third consecutive Winn Dixie 300 on Saturday.

"I love coming here," said Steele. "Ever since we tested here a little while ago, everything has gone like clockwork. It's really unbelievable. The cars are really good, Ernie (Elliott) does a great job with the motors and the guys have really been working hard.

"I didn't realize I could hold my breath for that long," continued Steele, referring to the rough ride the cars are set up for during qualifying. "The guys worked on the shocks quite a bit, so I think I held my breath for about two minutes. Maybe I should be one of those underwater swimmers."

Steele was followed in qualifying by Bill Baird (186.929 mph), Dan Pardus (186.834 mph), Doug Reid (186.612 mph), and Mark Thompson (186.568 mph).

The top 25 positions were secured in Thursday's qualifying with the rest of the starting order determined in second-round qualifying today (Friday) at 9:15 a.m.

The best of the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series gets the green flag Saturday at 12 noon (CDT) for the Winn Dixie 300, while the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Winston 500 is set for a 12 Noon (CDT) start on Sunday. For tickets, contact the Speedway ticket office at (205) 362-9064.

Winn Dixie 300 Qualifying Results

Pos Car# Driver/Hometown Sponsor/Car Speed 1 16 Tim Steele/Coopersville, Mich. HS Die/Softech Ford 188.734 2 52 Bill Baird/Sturgis, Ky. Saturn Machine/Spee Dee Pop Chevrolet 186.929 3 42 Dan Pardus/Daytona Beach, Fla. Billy Bob's Roadhouse Chevrolet 186.834 4 97 Doug Reid/Hueytown, Ala. Alabama Auto Show/Windom Chevrolet 186.612 5 66 Mark Thompson/Cartersville, Ga. Midway Island Ford 186.568 6 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon, Pa. Kewadin Casino/Knight Ridder Chevy 186.282 7 83 Tim Fedewa/Holt, Mich. QuicShine 99 Chevrolet 185.718 8 95 Bobby Hamilton Jr./Nashville, Tn. Sho-Lodge Chevrolet 184.829 9 1 Matt Hutter/Chardon, Ohio Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 184.637 10 80 Andy Hillenburg/Brownsburg, Ind. Stan Hover Motorsports Ford 183.899 11 45 Adam Petty/Thomasville, N. C. Spree-Prepaid Foncard Pontiac 183.896 12 46 Frank Kimmel/Jeffersonville, Ind. Advance Auto Parts/Visionaire Chevy 183.652 13 33 Harris DeVane/Cuthbert, Ga. Georgia Peanut/Bob's Candy Ford 183.276 14 59 Mark Gibson/Winder, Ga. JaniKing Ford 183.112 15 3 Kirk Shelmerdine/Welcome, N.C. Ken Appling Racing Chevrolet 182.706 16 47 Jimmy Kitchens/Hueytown, Ala. Dunlop Golf/Hibbett Sports Ford 182.383 17 57 Marc Brenner/Winder, Ga. Amerex Ford 181.773 18 11 Glen Morgan/Beaumont, Texas Texas Marine Chevrolet 181.041 19 17 Mike Ciochetti/Clayton, Ga. Hughes Supply Ford 180.833 20 43 Kevin Ray/Eastaboga, Ala. Kevin Ray Racing Chevrolet 179.696 21 65 Bobby Dotter/Mooreville, N.C. Foodland Chevrolet 179.034 22 56 Dill Whittymore/Seymour, Ind. Fantaseat/Indiana Steel Chevrolet 177.564 23 75 Kenny Martin/Broadview Hgts, Ill. Martin Brothers Racing Ford 176.970 24 28 Mike Harmon/Birmingport, Ala. R&B Builders/Accuturn Chevrolet 176.542 25 51 Joe Cooksey/Centralia, Ill. Brandon Industrial Pontiac 175.468 26 06 Brian Conz/Livonia, Mich. FTI/Nealco/Magnum Pontiac 175.070 27 40 Andy Belmont/Penndel, Pa. American Online/Jasper Engines Ford 175.058 28 10 Curt Piercy/Normal, Ill. Ron Turpin Racing Chevrolet 174.344 29 15 Dale Kreider/St. Petersburg, Fla. QMI Chevrolet 174.033 30 30 Rick Sheppard/Mt. Clemens, Mich. Sheppard Motor Sales Chevrolet 173.296 31 0 Dicky Williamson/Savannah, Ga. Synergy Racing Oil Ford 173.215 32 48 James Lamoreaux/Sweet Valley, Pa. De's LP Gas Oldsmobile 172.730 33 78 Mike McNeese/Muscadine, Ala. McNeese Auto Sales Chevrolet 172.274 34 2 Phillip Young/Dallas, Ga. Young Racing Ford 171.804 35 24 Chuck Weber/Mesquite, Texas Cardinal Tool/Young Chevrolet 171.668 36 23 Ron Cox/Soddy Daisy, Tenn. Hixson Construction Chevrolet 171.662 37 85 Russell Landrum/Stockbridge, Ga. Landrum Springs Ford No Time (pos 37 and below) 38 84 Norm Benning/Pittsburgh, Pa. Benning Racing Chevrolet 39 4 David Boggs/Rock Hill, S.C. Power Alliance Chevrolet 40 9 Brad Smith/Lakeville, Mich. Ford Motorsports Enthuiasts Ford 41 12 TBA White Knight/Blackstock Chevrolet 42 76 Glenn Brewer/Columbus, Ga. Brewer-Lorz Racing Chevrolet 43 37 Randy Cook/Grand Prairie, Texas Truck Load Express Chevrolet 44 72 Thad Coleman/Greenville, S.C. National Painting Ford 45 18 Bill Flowers/Powder Springs, Ga. FTI/Nealco/Magnum Chevrolet 46 19 Cavin Councilor/Naples, Fla. Mothers Against Drunk Driving Chevy 47 21 Bob Strait/Mokena, Ill. Zinsser Paint Products Ford 48 55 Tony Altiere/Lecanto, Fla. K-Tel Chubby Checker Solid Gold Chevy 49 98 Drew White/Inglis, Fla. White Knight Chevrolet 50 32 Mark Stahl/Savannah, Ga. Autobell Carwashes Ford

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Series ARCA
Drivers Adam Petty , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Frank Kimmel , Andy Belmont , Bobby Dotter , Andy Hillenburg , Bobby Gerhart , Mike Harmon , Dale Kreider , Chuck Weber , Doug Reid , Tim Steele , Kirk Shelmerdine , Ron Cox , Mark Gibson , Norm Benning , Jimmy Kitchens , Dicky Williamson , Brian Conz , Bill Baird , Mike Ciochetti , Mark Thompson
Teams Williams