Perez A NASCAR Record Setter At Watkins Glen WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 7) -- Record-setter Antonio Perez of Guadalajara, Mexico led an international field in NASCAR Camping World Series East qualifying Saturday at Watkins Glen ...
Perez A NASCAR Record Setter At Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 7) -- Record-setter Antonio Perez of Guadalajara, Mexico led an international field in NASCAR Camping World Series East qualifying Saturday at Watkins Glen International. Twenty-nine cars are expected to take the green flag for Sunday afternoon's East 125 At The Glen.
Perez, making his first NASCAR Camping World Series East start of the year, set a new series qualifying record of 1:14.223 (118.831). The old record was set in 2002 by Dale Quarterly at 1:14.363 (118.607 mph).
Perez took only one lap in his qualifying group's six-minute session, and with a slip in lap two, parked the his No. 21 Chivas Racing/GPOS Footprints Dodge.
"The car is good. I was trying too hard, so I only did one lap," he said. "I pushed too hard on my second lap," he said of electing to pull from the track. The car is perfect for tomorrow."
The series current road course racing "king," Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Resort Chevrolet) was second fastest and delighted about the series return to the famed 2.45-mile road course.
"I guess I'm not the "king" of qualifying anymore," Kobyluck said with a grin. "It's great to be back here. I'm just as happy to be on the front row. I want to get a victory here. I'm excited to be here."
Max Dumarey of Gent, Belgium drove the No. 16 Bodycoach.net Dodge to the third-fastest time. The 19-year-old is a veteran of European road course racing.
"I think our guys did a good effort on the car, so I'm glad with it," Dumarey said. "We're going to do our best. It's great to be here (at Watkins Glen) and it's a great series.
Steve Park (No. 35 Waste Management/Recycle America Dodge) was the fourth fastest qualifier, and only driver in tomorrow's field to have a NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Watkins Glen -- his first -- in 2000.
Completing the top-five qualifiers was Nick de Bruijn (No. 37 www.sprakerracing.com Chevrolet) of Vlaardingen, Holland. It is the 21-year-old's first ever NASCAR start.
Filling out the top-10 qualifiers are Brian Ickler, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Marc Davis, Ricky Carmichael and Stan Silva. Series point leader Austin Dillon qualified 21st.