MARTINSVILLE, VA -- A year ago Frank Deiny Jr. was on the sidelines when the Taco Bell 300 took the green flag at Martinsville Speedway. Today he'll be starting on the pole when the Taco Bell 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race takes the green...
MARTINSVILLE, VA -- A year ago Frank Deiny Jr. was on the sidelines when the Taco Bell 300 took the green flag at Martinsville Speedway.
Today he'll be starting on the pole when the Taco Bell 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race takes the green flag.
Deiny toured the .526-mile oval in 21.219 seconds (89.241 miles per hour) in a Chevrolet to win the pole for the largest Late Model Stock race in the country. Deiny drove the fastest out of 118 cars that attempted to qualify during time trials Saturday.
"The car was perfect," said Deiny, who is from Mechanicsville, VA. "The first lap was a handful, but on the second lap, it really hung in there. On the second lap I drove about four car lengths deeper to see what we could do."
Deiny was one of the final drivers to take time on Saturday and bumped Brandon Butler of Richmond, VA. off the pole. Butler will start second today in a Chevrolet while David Triplett Jr. of Durham, NC will start third.
Rounding out the top five will be Jason York of Reidsville, NC in fourth and Timothy Peters of Providence, NC in fifth.
Butler said he couldn't be disappointed with his qualifying effort and looks for good things today.
"We had a real good car here the last two weeks," said Butler, who won more than a dozen races this season and recently captured the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Atlantic Seaboard Region championship. "We were good in testing and we were good today. If we can keep it in one piece, we'll be in good shape."
Triplett said the key to success in today's race wasn't a big secret.
"You've to be around on lap 100," said Triplett. "You can't run the wheels off of it before lap 100. If you're still around at lap 100, then you can race."
Two drivers who live within a few miles of Martinsville Speedway turned in solid qualifying efforts. Ray Young of Bassett, VA will start ninth today while Jimmy Mullins of Collinsville, VA will start 11th.
The Taco Bell 300 kicks off with four 25-lap qualifying races with the top five drivers from each race filling out positions 21-40 in the starting field. There will be two provisionals given to complete the 42-car starting lineup for the 200-lap feature race.
At lap 100, of the 200-lap feature, the race will be stopped for a 10-minute break and the leader at lap 100 will be presented the $5,000 BB&T Award. Also at the break, several of the top cars will be inverted. The race will continue until the caution is displayed at lap 190 for a single file restart for the final 10 green flag laps.
Tickets for the Taco Bell 300 are $20 each for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. All seats are unreserved.
Tickets will go on sale and gates will open at 8 a.m. today.