BNS: Loudon II: Mike Gallo qualifying notes

Mike Gallo wins Bud Pole Award for New Hampshire 125 LOUDON, NH - Mike Gallo won the Bud Pole Award in Thursday's qualifying session for the New Hampshire 125, a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race which will be held Saturday...

Mike Gallo wins Bud Pole Award for New Hampshire 125

LOUDON, NH - Mike Gallo won the Bud Pole Award in Thursday's qualifying session for the New Hampshire 125, a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race which will be held Saturday afternoon at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway.

Gallo, driving the Fred and Elaine Skaff-owned No. 33 Woodworks Racing/Archer Corporation Ford Taurus, won the top starting position after posting a fast lap of 30.419 seconds (125.211 MPH) on the track, which is also hosting races for NASCAR's Featherlite Modified Series, the Craftsman Truck Series and the Winston Cup Series this weekend.

"This is absolutely incredible," he said after qualifying. "We were fast from the get go, we unloaded fast and stayed fast. We just planned on doing race setup and try to run up front. Then, we decided that we were so fast, we decided to tape up the car and try some mock qualifying runs. We figured that we'd be able to do a 31.2- or even a 31.0-second lap. Either way, I'm thrilled to win the pole, I never expected it."

Gallo, who is running his fourth race of the season, has high expectations for each race he runs.

"Every race we go to, we go to win," he said. "We have more time to work on our car and make sure that it's perfect when we get to the track. We just go out and do the best that we can. I just want to have a good race this weekend and a good finish. To qualify this great, I know what a great race car we're going to have. I'm really excited because we did have a good car last time we ran here."

The balance of the Busch North Series' weekend schedule includes a final half-hour practice session on Saturday morning, followed by the race which will run at approximately 3:00 P.M., following the Craftsman Truck race. Gallo will use that final practice to work on race setup and finalize his race strategy with crew chief Steve Bird.

"I'm always tight the first thirty laps," he said. "Usually I get to a hundred laps and I'm getting nervous about the right front staying on the car so I'll be coming in to get two tires. We need to stop for gas, and I have a really good pit crew, so I'd just as soon put two tires on and maybe make an adjustment just to know that the right front will be good to go for the long haul."

The race will be taped by SpeedTV and broadcast on Saturday, September 20th, at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

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