As predicted, the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway did indeed see faster times and Bobby Hamilton took advantage of his veteran status and the recent open tests to lay down a time of 31.905 for a speed on the 1.5-mile oval of 169.252 ...
As predicted, the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway did indeed see faster times and Bobby Hamilton took advantage of his veteran status and the recent open tests to lay down a time of 31.905 for a speed on the 1.5-mile oval of 169.252 miles per hour.
The Square D Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge shattered the previous record set in March of 1999 by Randy Tolsma at a speed of 149.813mph.
"I'm really surprised it held up for the pole," stated Hamilton "We've been the quickest truck since we've been here, and then when we slowed down in qualifying I wondered what I did wrong. For me to qualify on the pole at a high-speed racetrack is a pretty big deal in itself."
Joining his team owner and teammate on the front row will be Chad Chaffin. The BHR driver was only 0.007 seconds from sitting on the pole, he turned a time 31.912 (169.215mph).
Chaffin commented about the mere time difference between himself and his boss, "I love the track. I think I did a real good job here qualifying because as you know I drive the Bobby Hamilton Dodge. My truck was about half a second faster than anyone else's and about 100 yards from the start-finish line I started dragging the brakes. I didn't want to get that pole. The boss man needed one."
Andy Houston made it a 1-2-3 qualifying podium sweep for Dodge by taking the third starting position in his Ultra Motorsports truck. Houston was also under the 32-second lap time with a 31.976 (168.877mph) just 0.071 seconds off the record pole time.
"The track is neat, it's got banking now," remarked Houston. "I think you're going to be able to pass. By the end of our race the track is going to be a lot different than when it starts. The guy that can pinpoint that and really anticipate the changes will be in contention for the win."
The entire field was faster than Tolsma's time of 36.045, including the IndyCar Racing driver in his first attempt at Truck racing, Buddy Rice. The changes made to the Speedway has definitely increased the lap times.
Series points leader, Brendan Gaughan, will start in the 13th spot in his Orleans Racing Dodge. "If you mess up three and four on the first lap, then the second lap isn't going to be good, either. That's what we did."
The chasers for the crown hope that they can move up and take a commanding lead in tomorrow's race. Twenty-six points behind the leader, Ted Musgrave will start 10th in his Ultra Motorsports Dodge. With the best starting of the main contenders, fourth place starter Travis Kvapil will attempt to keep the Xpress Motorsports Chevrolet at the top of the leaderboard. Dennis Setzer, fourth in the points, will start back in 11th in the Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet.