Elko, Minn. (August 31, 2003) -- Wisconsin veteran Chris Wimmer captured his first American Speed Association pole position for today's running of the Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 at Elko Speedway. Wimmer captured the pole ...
Elko, Minn. (August 31, 2003) -- Wisconsin veteran Chris Wimmer captured his first American Speed Association pole position for today's running of the Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 at Elko Speedway.
Wimmer captured the pole position in his 54th career ASA start and became the 91st different driver to win the top qualifying spot in the 36-year history of the Pendleton- based racing series.
Twenty-nine of the 41 drivers to make qualifying runs on Sunday at the .375-mile oval topped the track record of 14.18-seconds set in 2002 by Robbie Pyle.
Seven former ASA champions, probably a first in series history, will take the green flag on Sunday. Those champions include Bryan Reffner, Tim Sauter, Dick Trickle, Joey Clanton, Gary St. Amant, Kevin Cywinski and Butch Miller.
The Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 will be telecast live on The Speed Channel starting at 1:30 p.m.
Winner toured the oval at 13.806-seconds (97.784 mph) as the 15th car to make a qualifying attempt and then held on as 2002 ASA champion Joey Clanton and rookie contender Travis Kittleson made runs at the top spot.
Clanton will start on the outside of the front row with a lap of 13.815 seconds (97.720 mph) with Kittleson starting third with a time of 13.824 seconds (97.656 mph) with Joey Miller and Reed Sorenson rounding out the top five.
"It's real nice to finally get that first pole," said Wimmer. "The car has been excellent all day. We made very little changes to the car during the two practice sessions. Here you have to try and not use a lot of brake and its important to get off the corner early.
"I didn't know if the time would hold up," he said. "I knew that both Travis (Kittleson) and Mike (Garvey) were fast all day."
Clanton said the crew made adjustments on the Terry's Automotive Group Chevrolet and got the car dialed in during the second practice session.
"We went back to the set-up we used to win the race here last year," said Clanton. "The car got better as the temperatures went up. Coming back to ASA is a lot of fun and it's a lot more relaxing."
Clanton is driving a car that he drove to numerous victories in 2002 on his way to the ASA title and once purchased by Terry Koons during the off season. Clanton is now competing with the Busch Grand National Series.
Kittleson said his Bob Steele Chevrolet's set-up really worked well throughout the day.
"This track is really easy to overdrive on," he said. "I wanted to make sure we had two smooth laps. We have an awesome car for the race. This is a track where you can't use up the brakes and have to get on the gas early."
<pre> American Speed Association Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 Elko Speedway Lap distance: 0.375 miles Race Monday
1 Chris Wimmer Chevrolet 97.784 mph 2 Joey Clanton Chevrolet 97.720 mph 3 Travis Kittleson Chevrolet 97.656 mph 4 Joey Miller Chevrolet 97.311 mph 5 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 97.297 mph 6 Butch Miller Chevrolet 97.171 mph 7 Kevin Cywinski Chevrolet 97.004 mph 8 Robbie Pyle Chevrolet 96.927 mph 9 Toby Porter Chevrolet 96.802 mph 10 Chad Wood Chevrolet 96.518 mph 11 Todd Kluever Chevrolet 96.504 mph 12 Mike Garvey Chevrolet 96.491 mph 13 Rich Bickle Chevrolet 96.394 mph 14 Peter Cozzolino Chevrolet 96.318 mph 15 Scott Lagasse Jr. Chevrolet 96. 298 mph 16 Greg Stewart Chevrolet 96.257 mph 17 Glenn Allen Jr. Chevrolet 96.236 mph 18 Scott Hansen Chevrolet 96.222 mph 19 Gary St. Amant Chevrolet 96.216 mph 20 Davin Scites Chevrolet 96.120 mph 21 Bryan Reffner Chevrolet 22 Rick Beebe Ford 23 Boris Jurkovic Chevrolet 24 Ed Brown Chevrolet 25 Rich Loch Chevrolet 26 Dick Trickle Chevrolet 27 Tim Sauter Ford 28 Ronnie Hawley Chevrolet 29 Kris Stump Ford 30 Jonathan Eilen Chevrolet 31 Paul Paine Chevrolet 32 Darren Wolke Chevrolet 33 Greg Williams Chevrolet provisional starter