Scott Riggs won the pole for tomorrow's Kroger 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway with a new track record of 30.887 seconds (174.831 mph). Last year's pole-sitter Jay Sauter was also faster than his previous record time, qualifying...
Scott Riggs won the pole for tomorrow's Kroger 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway with a new track record of 30.887 seconds (174.831 mph). Last year's pole-sitter Jay Sauter was also faster than his previous record time, qualifying second with a time of 30.971 (174.357). Third spot went to Busch series points leader, Jack Sprague.
Sauter was the eighth driver to make a qualifying run, and was able to knock Larry Foyt from the provisional pole, but then had to wait until nearly the end of the qualifying order to find out if Riggs could back up his fast time from the earlier practice session and win the pole. Once Riggs set the pole time, he had to sweat Sprague's run just two cars later.
Riggs became a father earlier in the week when his wife, Jai, gave birth on Tuesday night to their first child, Lane Griffin Riggs. When asked if the birth caused any disruption with his preparation for the race, he answered: "The baby was the best thing to clear my head. He gave me the chance to look at the other side of life. I got a chance to look at the inside from the outside and see what I was doing wrong. I was trying to drive too hard now I can slow down to go fast." He did admit to missing a lot of sleep during the week, though.
Riggs, third in points coming into the weekend, gave much praise to the Kentucky track, saying: "There is not a nicer track or nicer facility on the circuit than Kentucky Speedway. They weren't satisfied with the track and they made all the right changes to make it better. The track is silky-smooth and there is not a bad spot in it."
Sauter commented on the strength of the Busch field at Kentucky, but expressed confidence in his chances. "I think that there are about five cars in the field that can win the race and if we do everything right, we have a good shot of winning." When asked to name those five drivers, he revised his estimate to ten.
Sprague was also complimentary of the Kentucky track, stating: "I love this place. The track is so smooth. There isn't a ripple in it. It is going to be an awesome race."
The driver second in points, Jason Keller, will start outside of Sprague on row two and the remaining qualifying spots in the top ten were filled by: Foyt, Todd Bodine, Bobby Hamilton Jr., Scott Wimmer, Greg Biffle and Randy Lajoie.
Forty-eight drivers made qualifying runs for the 43 starting spots in the 200-lap weekend feature. Chad Chaffin, Brad Baker, Dwayne Liek and Jeff Fultz made runs that were in the top-43, but failed to qualify due to their lack of provisionals. The provisional spots were taken by: Kenny Wallace, Shane Hall, Kevin Grubb, Brad Teague, Larry Gunselman, Andy Kirby and Christian Elder.
The Kroger 300 will take the green flag Saturday night at 8 pm. The race will be televised live on FX beginning at 7:30 pm.