IRL: WDW Speedway Qualifying Draw

WDW Speedway, Qualifying Order LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, January 22, 1998 - Down here in this fantasy town there is a third way of doing things, the Disney way and that means its big time. The draw of the pills to determine the qualifying order...

WDW Speedway, Qualifying Order

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, January 22, 1998 - Down here in this fantasy town there is a third way of doing things, the Disney way and that means its big time. The draw of the pills to determine the qualifying order was a huge production featuring the West End Stage at Disney's Pleasure Island, a lottery bubble with 45 numbers spinning, spot lights, and a nationally recognized master of ceremonies who introduced drivers of thirty-five (35) of the 39 eligible entries. It is believed that this entry list is a record for a championship car event outside of Indianapolis for any sanctioning organization. Emcee for the gala was to have been Bob Jenkins of ESPN and IMS Radio fame however he became stalled out in Detroit due to inclement flying weather and did not arrive until the draw was 1/3rd complete. Pinch hitting and doing a great job was Terre Haute's Mike King, no doubt on short notice since he was still in race clothes from afternoon practice. Following is the order in which the eligible cars are to be presented for qualification: 1. Scott Goodyear 4T Pennzoil Panther 2. Davey Hamilton 6 Nienhouse 3. Robbie Buhl 3 Johns Manville Menard 4. Jim Guthrie 53 ISM Tabasco 5. Kenny Brack 14T Foyt Power Team 6. Buzz Calkins 12T Bradley 7. Robbie Groff 27 Blueprint 8. Arie Luyendyk 5 Treadway Sprint/Radio Shack/Wavephore 9. Tony Stewart 1 Glidden Menards 10. Eddie Cheever, Jr. 51 Team Cheever 11. Arie Luyendyk 5T Treadway Sprint/Radio Shack/Wavephore 12. Greg Ray 97 Knapp Mercury Outboards 13. Jimmy Kite 7T Scandia Royal Purple 14. Affonso Giaffone 41 Team Coulson 15. Jimmy Kite 7 Scandia Royal Purple 16. Jeff Ward 35 ISM Racing 17. Buzz Calkins 12 Bradley 18. Robbie Buhl 3T Johns Manville Menards 19. Kenny Brack 14 Foyt Conseco 20. Brian Tyler 17 Chitwood Thrill Show 21. Raul Boesel 30 McCormack Beloit 22. John Paul, Jr. 18 PDM Klipsch 23. Stephan Gregoire 77 Chastain ? 24. Eliseo Salazar 15 Reebok Riley & Scott 25. Scott Goodyear 4 Pennzoil Panther 26. Billy Boat 14 Foyt Conseco 27. Tony Stewart 1T Glidden Menards 28. Mike Groff 10 Byrd's/Visionaire/Bryant 29. Buddy Lazier 91 Hemelgarn Delta 30. Roberto Guerrero 21 Pagan 31. Stan Wattles 19 Metro NCLD 32. Mike Groff 10T Byrd's/Visionaire/Bryant 33. Dr.Jack Miller 40 Sinden Crest 34. Scott Sharp 8 Kelley/Delphi/Futaba/AMD 35. Mark Dismore 28 Kelley/Learjet/Valvoline 36. Billy Roe 24 D.B.Mann/Bignotti 37. Davey Hamilton 6T Nienhouse 38. Tyce Carlson 20 Immke Keco Paints 39 Marco Greco 16 Phoenix Simon (Not Present for Draw) At 6:30 AM it has started to rain on the Disney complex and rain showers are forecast all day. IRL practice was scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM and qualifying at 12:00 Noon. by Len in Indy

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buzz Calkins , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Jim Guthrie , Scott Goodyear , Roberto Guerrero , Jimmy Kite , Raul Boesel , Kenny Brack , Billy Roe , Tyce Carlson , Stan Wattles , Jack Miller