Madison: Qualifying notes

Oregon, Wis. (July 18, 2003) -- Three-time ASA Champion Butch Miller turned the fastest lap in qualifying for tonight's BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Madison International Speedway. Miller toured the .50-mile oval in 18.356...

Oregon, Wis. (July 18, 2003) -- Three-time ASA Champion Butch Miller turned the fastest lap in qualifying for tonight's BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Madison International Speedway. Miller toured the .50-mile oval in 18.356 seconds at 98.061 mph. Wheeling the No. 52 Timber Wolf / Express Convenience Stores Chevrolet, it marks the 50th career pole for Miller. This places him first in pole positions in ASA Racing, bypassing all-time victory leader Bob Senneker.

Twenty-four years after capturing his first pole Owosso Speedway in Michigan, Miller described capturing his pole as super special.

"I have mixed emotions," said Miller. "Bob Senneker was such a great short track racer. I hate to see Bob lose the record, but I'm glad we were able to do it."

Miller said he thought his SS Racing Chevrolet could turn a 18.3 second lap, but on mock qualifying run, he was slowed by traffic.

"I thought Robbie (Pyle) could a 18.3 also. He had the fastest car all day," added Miller.

Brett Sontag, driving the No. 71 Terry's Automotive Group Chevrolet, qualified in second position, tripping the clocks at 18.398 seconds at 97.837 mph. This was the best start of his career.

Illinois driver Sontag said he thought he had a good shot at the pole, but made a rookie mistake.

"We had the best first lap of anyone out there today. I was trying too hard on the second lap. We are happy as heck to be on the front row, I can run the outside line here. Maybe I can get the outside jump on Butch."

10-time ASA pole winner Robbie Pyle timed in third with North Carolina's Greg Stewart in fourth best with two-time ASA Champion Gary St. Amant in fifth.

Drivers from the Badger State that will compete in BFGoodrich Tires 250 include Bryan Reffner of Stevens Point in sixth, Rich Bickle of Edgerton in eight, Todd Kluever of Sun Prairie in 10th, Kevin Cywinski of Wausau in 11th, Andrew Morrissey of DeForest in 12th, Chad Wood of Madison in 15th, David Klein in Madison in 16th, Chris Wimmer of Wausau in 20th and Rich Loch of Muskego in 32nd.

The BFGoodrich Tires 250 goes green at 8 p.m. (Local). Tickets are available at a cost of $25 for general admission seats. For additional information on the ASA Racing Series visit asaracing.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rich Bickle , Chris Wimmer , Todd Kluever , Brett Sontag , Greg Stewart