Martin Truex, Jr. earned the Bud at Gateway International Raceway. Truex's lap of 134.112 mph bested the field to garner his third pole winning position in just ten starts. "I have everything I need at Chance 2," said Truex. "Great team, ...
Martin Truex, Jr. earned the Bud at Gateway International Raceway. Truex's lap of 134.112 mph bested the field to garner his third pole winning position in just ten starts.
"I have everything I need at Chance 2," said Truex. "Great team, great engines. Things are going real good right now; we tested here and were good right off the truck.
"I can't wait for the lights to go on and race here."
Truex barely had time to absorb his third pole effort of the season, as he was rushed off to the Busch series pre-race drivers meeting. It's an unusual weekend for the Busch series at Gateway, pulling off a one-day show, with practice, qualifying and the race all happening within the same day. The Busch series will also host one-day affairs at Indianapolis and Milwaukee this season.
David Green starts on the outside pole, making his first appearance on the front row this season.
"We're always happy when we start upfront," said Green. "The one day show is awesome, can't wait to get out there and race."
Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Jason Keller complete the top five starters.
"You know this track isn't similar to any other track that we race at," said Keller. "It is extremely different in turns 1 & 2 than it is in turns 3 & 4. The track is so wide in turns 3 & 4 and then in 1& 2, you almost have to bring your car to a stop to get through the corners.
"Your car is never going to run great here all the way around the race track because the turns are so different. So you just have to get it right in one end or the other and then drive it. It's definitely a challenging race track to drive."
Notably, Derrike Cope wrecked his car during Saturday's initial practice session and was airlifted to a local hospital for tests. Cope will be held overnight for observation, but was awake and alert.
The race at the 2.5-mile oval kicks off this evening at 7:30 pm.