Pyle captures pole at Elko. ELKO, Minn. -- As the third car out during qualifying for the Governor's Cup 300 at Elko Speedway, Ohio driver Robbie Pyle set the mark that stood up for the pole position. Pyle in the Citgo Chevrolet captured the...
Pyle captures pole at Elko.
ELKO, Minn. -- As the third car out during qualifying for the Governor's Cup 300 at Elko Speedway, Ohio driver Robbie Pyle set the mark that stood up for the pole position.
Pyle in the Citgo Chevrolet captured the fifth pole of his American Speed Association career on Saturday with a lap of 95.205 mph (14.180-seconds) around the .375-mile oval.
The Governor's Cup 300 presented by Coca-Cola will be telecast live today starting at 1 p.m. on TNN.
Pyle's time held up for the pole position with points leader Joey Clanton in the Camp Fire USA Chevrolet starting on the outside of the front row.
Clanton posted a lap at 94.883 mph (14.228-seconds) with local favorite Dan Fredrickson and Indianapolis Russ Tuttle making up the second row.
"This track is similar to a low of tracks we run," said Pyle. "It's just an oval and the car felt very comfortable and consistent.
"We changed some things around before qualifying and maybe we found something," he added.
Clanton, the winner of five of the first seven ASA events this season, said he benefited by qualifying late in the order.
"I think the track got faster as the rubber from the local divisions was taken off the track," said Clanton. "We were tight all day and worked on freeing the car up. It appears as if you're going to have to run in the outside groove and that's how we set t he car up to run."
Fredrickson said he got an assist from the crew of teammate Kevin Cywinski.
"We struggled during practice and the 1 team bailed us out with a spring and shock set-up," said Fredrickson. "We didn't know what to expect, but it worked out for us."
Tuttle in the Conseco Pontiac turned in his best qualifying performance of the season.
"The car was comfortable from the start and it was just a matter of figuring out the line," said Tuttle. "This is the first time I've seen the track and the line is a little different."
South Bend's David Stremme in the Meijer Chevrolet will start fifth.