IRL: Texas qualifying report

Dismore Leads Kelley Racing Sweep Of Front Row In Texas FORT WORTH, Texas, Thursday, June 7, 2001 - Mark Dismore led a sweep of the front row by Kelley Racing for the front row of the Casino Magic 500, winning the MBNA Pole on June 7 with a top...

Dismore Leads Kelley Racing Sweep Of Front Row In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas, Thursday, June 7, 2001 - Mark Dismore led a sweep of the front row by Kelley Racing for the front row of the Casino Magic 500, winning the MBNA Pole on June 7 with a top lap of 215.508 mph.

Defending event champion Scott Sharp, Dismore's teammate, was second fastest at 215.065 mph in the No. 8 Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone. It was the first time teammates have monopolized a front row in Indy Racing competition since July 1999, when Dismore and Sharp started 1-2 at Dover, Del.

Dismore's only career victory came in October 1999 at Texas, and he won the pole for this event in June 1999.

"I always tell them, 'Put the monkey in the rocket and fire the fuse,'" Dismore said of his instructions to the Kelley Racing crew. "I hope I can win my second race here." It was the first MBNA Pole of the season for Dismore in the No. 28 Delphi Automotive Systems/Bryant Heating & Cooling Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone and the fourth of his career. Kelley Racing now has won two consecutive Indy Racing poles, as Sharp earned the top spot last month for the Indianapolis 500. "Well, he got the pole at Indy, so he said I could have this," Dismore said.

The Casino Magic 500 is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CDT) Saturday. Practice resumes Friday. 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. will start third after a lap of 214.926 in the #51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. That ties his career-best starting spot. Indy Racing Northern Light Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. was fourth at 213.255 in the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone. Shigeaki Hattori rounded out the top five at 213.119 in the No. 55 EPSON Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone, tying his career-best starting spot.

Each driver only had 30 minutes of practice this afternoon before qualifying under the lights tonight, as rain forced the cancellation of the second practice session. This lack of track time hurt some drivers as their teams missed the correct setup, especially 1999 Indy Racing champion Greg Ray. Ray, from nearby Plano, Texas, will start 20th after producing a top lap of only 209.252 in the No. 2 Johns Manville/Menards Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone. It was the worst qualifying run for Ray since he also started 20th in October 1997 at Las Vegas in his fifth Indy Racing start. But Dismore had no such problems. In fact, his first of two qualifying laps was 215.191, fast enough for the pole. "Everyone in the garage area was guessing," Dismore said. "We guessed best. That's how I see it."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Scott Sharp , Mark Dismore , Sam Hornish Jr.