CRA: Anderson qualifying report 2002-07-12

Bull Baker wins 36th Annual Chevy Dealers 400 pole. Anderson, Ind., (July 12, 2002) - After capturing the biggest victory of his racing career in 2001 at Anderson Speedway in the Chevy Dealers 400 Presented By Choo Choo Customs & Great Deals ...

Bull Baker wins 36th Annual Chevy Dealers 400 pole.

Anderson, Ind., (July 12, 2002) - After capturing the biggest victory of his racing career in 2001 at Anderson Speedway in the Chevy Dealers 400 Presented By Choo Choo Customs & Great Deals Coupon Magazine, Bull Baker began the 2002 version of the event by winning the Tobacco Depot Pole. Baker toured the quarter-mile oval in 12.183 seconds / 73.873 mph to capture his third career Sunoco Super Series pole.

"We practiced Thursday night at turned a 12.480 (seconds) and I told the guys we would pick up three tenths on new tires and that is what we did," said an excited Bull Baker after being awarded a $200 bonus for the Tobacco Depot Pole. Baker is eligible to collect a $2,400 bonus from Rug Doctor Rents if he can win the 400-lap event. "We are going to ride the first 300 laps and then if we are still around, we'll race the last 100."

Sunoco Super Series points leader Joel Kauffman was the first competitor of the 34 cars that took times to qualify. Kauffman, 16, tripped the clocks at 12.240 seconds / 73.529 mph. He held the provisional pole for through the initial 20 qualifiers, until Baker advanced to first position in the qualifying order.

"If we went out later, we might have had a shot at getting the quick time. I want to congratulate Bull on winning the pole. We struggled in practice, so that is a lot better than we thought we were gonna be in qualifying. We'll settle for third and we have a good choice to pick out pit, " said Joel Kauffman.

Third-year driver Bobby Parsley qualified in second position regulating Kauffman to third. Parsley toured the quarter-mile oval in 12.205 seconds / 73.740 mph. Matt Hagans was fourth fastest with J.R. Roahrig in fifth position. Rookie Andy Ponstein will start sixth with Eddie Van Meter, Brad Muller, Brent Downey and Evan Jackson rounding out the top-ten qualifiers.

Tom Jones was the winner of the last chance event, holding off the most recent winner Junior Hanley. The 36th Annual Chevrolet Dealers 400 Presented by Choo Choo Customs & Great Deals Coupon Magazine at Anderson Speedway resumes with a warm-up session is set for 5:15 with the on-track autograph session beginning at 6:15. Pre-race activities are set for 7:15 with the 400-lap event going green at 8.

For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at www.sunocosuperseries.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Andy Ponstein , Joel Kauffman , Matt Hagan