Cywinski takes Five Flags pole. Pensacola, FL. (May 4, 2002) -- Taking advantage of cooler track conditions after a 20-minute delay, Kevin Cywinski of Wisconsin captured his first pole in five years by posting the fastest qualifying time ...
Cywinski takes Five Flags pole.
Pensacola, FL. (May 4, 2002) -- Taking advantage of cooler track conditions after a 20-minute delay, Kevin Cywinski of Wisconsin captured his first pole in five years by posting the fastest qualifying time for Sunday's ASARacing.com 300 at Five Flags Speedw ay.
The delay was a result of oil on the track following an accident in qualifying by first-time competitor Wes Loyd of Louisiana. Loyd was unhurt but failed to make the starting field.
Cywinski's pole qualifying time was 18.352 secs. / 98.082 mph and he credited some late adjustments for his success. "We changed two springs and two shocks just for qualifying," he said. "We'll change them back for the race. The cooler temperatures were go od for about one-tenth of a second but no more."
It was the fourth pole for Cywinski and his first since 1997, the year of his only ASA National Championship. Richard Fincher of Alabama, in his third-ever ASA outing, briefly held the provisional pole before Cywinski unseated him. Russ Tuttle of Indianapo lis starts third, tying his career best.
Mike Garvey of Atlanta, the 1997 winner in ASA's only previous appearance at Five Flags Speedway, held the top position in qualifying until after the delay period. Garvey starts fifth in the field.
Florida drivers in the starting field include Travis Kittleson of Merritt Island, Wayne Anderson of Wildwood, Ed Brown of Leesburg and Jeff Emery of Longwood. Kittleson at 5th and Anderson at 8th were the highest qualifiers of the Sunshine State drivers.
Spectator gates open at 10 a.m., with the on-track fan autograph session, featuring the Cotton Blossom Dixieland Jazz Band, starting at 11 a.m. The ASARacing.com 300 takes the green flag just after 1 p.m. (Central).