Lanier: Qualifying notes

Miller wins pole at Lanier National Speedway for tonight's ASA Racing Georgia 250 Presented by Jani-King. Braselton, Ga. (April 26, 2003) -- Butch Miller isn't one to show all he has in practice, preferring to save it for ...

Miller wins pole at Lanier National Speedway for tonight's ASA Racing Georgia 250 Presented by Jani-King.

Braselton, Ga. (April 26, 2003) -- Butch Miller isn't one to show all he has in practice, preferring to save it for when it counts. He did exactly that Saturday afternoon in qualifying for the ASA Racing Georgia 250 Presented by Jani- King at Lanier National Speedway.

Miller's lap of 14.271 seconds at 94.957 miles per hour in the Timber Wolf Chevrolet was good enough to win his first pole of 2003 and the 48th of his career.

Chris Wimmer, brother of NASCAR Busch Series driver Scott Wimmer, will start outside the front row. Wimmer is driving the same car his brother drove to victory in ASA's last appearance at the .375-mile banked oval nestled in the hills of north Georgia. Wimmer posted a lap at 14.303 seconds in the Wimmer Racing Chevy.

North Carolina driver Greg Stewart was third at 14.343/94.123 mph in the Body Balance Chevrolet, followed by the Bob Steele Chevrolet of $50,000 Rookie of the Year Award leader Travis Kittleson (14.357). Stephen Leicht, driver of the Action Performance Co. Chevrolet, timed in fifth quick at 14.363.

"It surprised me," said Miller of his 48th career ASA pole run. "We tried two qualifying runs during practice and the car was terrible. We picked up three- tenths. If I had known Chris (Wimmer) was fastest at the time, I might have taken second."

When asked about being one pole position behind Michigan legend Bob Senneker for the all-time most with ASA, Miller said he wouldn't feel good about taking over the top spot.

"Bob (Senneker) is Mr. ASA," he said. "He was the greatest driver I've ever known because he was so smooth. I might catch him for most poles, but no one will ever catch his career victory (Senneker has 85) mark."

Reed Sorenson, the Georgia phenom who recently signed on as a member of the Ganassi Racing Driver Development team in NASCAR, missed first-round qualifying and was forced to qualify in the second round. His time was 14.263 seconds, just 0.046 seconds off Miller's pole time, but ASA rules dictate he could not start higher than 11th. Fellow rookie Scott Lagasse Jr. was the next car out and reeled off a lap at 14.236 seconds, giving him the 11th spot and bumping Sorenson back to 12th.

Lagasse, who also missed his assigned qualifying spot and was bumped back to the second round, said he wasn't focused on qualifying. "We came here with the idea that we would focus on race setup," the second-generation racer said. "I like qualifying, it's fun, but we don't focus on it too much. It really doesn't matter all that much here. We just focused on the race setup with old tires. We never even put on a set of stickers. I just wanted the car comfortable. It stuck a lot better with the stickers on it. The lap felt good, but I screwed up the second one when I got the left front down on the apron. I'll take the first one, though."

Sorenson said the ACDelco Chevrolet failed to pass tech at first because the left front was too low. "We got the car good in practice on old tires and that is usually a good sign," he said. "The car was consistent. We did a mock qualifying run in practice and I overdrove the car. You can't do that here. During qualifying I tried to stay calm and hit my marks," said Sorenson. "The car was smooth as silk."

Robbie Pyle led the second five qualifiers, followed by Wisconsin's Todd Kluever, Tucker, Ga. native Shane Sieg, Texas rookie Casey Smith and 1995 ASA champion Bryan Reffner.

Georgia drivers who qualified for tonight's ASA Racing Georgia 250 Presented by Jani-King at Lanier include Sieg in eighth, Sorenson of Peachtree City in 12th, Mike Garvey of Atlanta in 14th, Dwayne Buggay of Marietta in 26th and David Hole of Cumming in 27th.

Five drivers failed to qualify for the Georgia 250. Georgia's Jimmy Price, Ryan Zeck, Charlie Hanna, Kris Stump and Jeremy Miller were those who missed the race.

Tickets are still available for tonight's ASA Racing Georgia 250 Presented by Jani-King. ASA's On-Track Fan Autograph session begins at 7 p.m. with pre- race ceremonies starting at 8. Driver introductions are scheduled for 8:20 with the National Anthem and the command to start engines set for approximately 8:55. The ASA Racing Georgia 250 Presented by Jani-King goes green at 9 p.m. in conjunction with the live SPEED Channel broadcast.

For additional information on the ASA Racing Series, visit asaracing.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Bryan Reffner , Scott Wimmer , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Chris Wimmer , Todd Kluever , Greg Stewart