Caudill captures Daytona USA 150 pole

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 6, 2002) -- Three-time Daytona winner Larry Caudill captured the pole on Wednesday for Saturday's DAYTONA USA 150 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Caudill, who resides in...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 6, 2002) -- Three-time Daytona winner Larry Caudill captured the pole on Wednesday for Saturday's DAYTONA USA 150 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Caudill, who resides in North Wilkesboro, N.C., blistered a lap of 55.047 seconds, 163.497 mph on the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval to capture his second pole at Daytona. Rounding out the top five were defending race winner Justin Hobgood (162.323), defending series champion Cam Strader (161.850), Scott Weaver (161.815) and Steven Christian (161.664).

"We ran a 55.2 in practice and there was one car ahead of me on the last corner coming down the tri-oval," Caudill said. "I didn't know how much that helped me. I was surprised that the RPMs were up to where we had been running when we took the green flag. The wind picked up during practice. It was a fast car and it was a fast car three weeks ago during testing. It's a great ride."

Hobgood, who resides in Winnsboro, S.C., is looking to go for second straight February victory at Daytona and got off to a good start with an outside pole qualifying effort.

"The lap is faster than I expected to run," Hobgood said. "I didn't expect to pick up as much as we did. When Larry ran the lap that he did, I knew we were running for second. When I came up through the gear box, the car got up to the RPMS better than I expected too."

Strader, looking to defend his series championship, is seeking his first Daytona triumph and is optimistic about his chances.

"We came down here in the test and thought we were a little bit off and had some ground to gain. We went back to the shop, made some adjustments and came back faster. I was pleased with my qualifying run. We ran the fastest by ourselves all day long. It's good each time we come here, we qualify better and better and run better and better. As long as we keep doing that, we'll eventually win a race and a pole."

On Thursday, ARCA RE/MAX Series teams will qualify for Sunday's Discount Auto Parts 200 and the Budweiser Shootout drawing will take place at noon.

Tickets for all Speedweeks events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Cam Strader , Justin Hobgood