WS: Colorado: Series qualifying report

Martinez Surprises Field Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Candidate Gets First Pole DACONO, Colo. -- Luis Martinez Jr. was fast in practice earlier today but no one expected what he accomplished in qualifying. Martinez Jr., the leading candidate for...

Martinez Surprises Field
Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Candidate Gets First Pole

DACONO, Colo. -- Luis Martinez Jr. was fast in practice earlier today but no one expected what he accomplished in qualifying.

Martinez Jr., the leading candidate for this year's Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, won his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing Company with a fast time of 16.561 seconds (81.517 mph) for tonight's Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge 150 at Colorado National Speedway.

Martinez, the Long Beach, Calif. rookie who drives for the championship team of car owner Bob Bruncati, was able to knock Eric Holmes off of the top spot after Holmes finished his qualifying effort with a lap time of 16.591 seconds (81.369 mph).

Greg Pursley qualified third, with Moses Smith fourth and rookie Michael Self completing the top five.

Paulie Harraka, who is the defending race winner of this event, followed in sixth with Travis Bennett, who recorded the fastest time of the day in practice at Colorado National Speedway, seventh.

Jonathan Gomez, David Mayhew and Blake Koch completed the top 10.

Holmes has a 79-point lead in the championship standings over Mayhew heading into the race with Gomez third, Harraka and Smith are tied for fourth place.

The green flag is set to fly at 8:15 p.m. for the running of the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge 150.

-source: nascar

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR
Drivers Paulie Harraka , Moses Smith , Greg Pursley , Eric Holmes , David Mayhew , Luis Martinez Jr. , Blake Koch