CONCORD, N.C. (May 19, 2001) -- Stock car veteran Robbie Pyle captured his third career ASA pole for the BFGoodrich Tires 300 at Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, NC. Pyle's lightning quick lap came early in the session, which resulted in the ...
CONCORD, N.C. (May 19, 2001) -- Stock car veteran Robbie Pyle captured his third career ASA pole for the BFGoodrich Tires 300 at Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, NC. Pyle's lightning quick lap came early in the session, which resulted in the Columbus, Oh io native having to wait most of the session to see if his 15.982 sec. (112.627 mph) lap would hold up.
"I wanted to get a clean lap and it is good thing I got it in the first one, cause I messed up and almost crashed on the second one," said Pyle. "Normally I don't like starting on the pole, but I didn't mind it today, because it gave the team a big boost."
Pyle's sub-16 second lap was the first and only 15-second lap turned during both practice and qualifying. 2001 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year leading candidate Johnny Sauter was the closest to Pyle, turning a lap of 16.001 sec. (112.493 mph) on the tricky half-mile tri-oval.
"I believe we could have been in the 90s (15.900s), but I screwed up on the second lap," said Sauter. "This is a good starting spot here at Concord. You have to finesse this track and the guy who can do that will win."
North Carolina native (Mooresville) Rodney Childers Jr., making his first career start in ASA, qualified third with a time of 16.032 sec. (112.275 mph), followed by Kevin Cywinski (16.079 sec./111.947 mph) and defending ASA National Champion Gary St. Amant (16.137 sec./111.545 mph).
Short track veteran Bobby Gill of Georgia earned a spot for the BFGoodrich Tires 300 during the 100-lap qualifying race. Gill took the lead from his front-row starting position at the beginning and never looked back. Wayne Anderson of Florida finished second after starting from the tail of the 19-car field. Travis Kittleson of Florida finished third.
Other North Carolina drivers qualified include Four Oaks' Greg Stewart, Mooresville's Brandon Sperling, Kannapolis' Dean Clattenburg and Archdale's Ricky Bryant all made the show.
Activities for Sunday's BFGoodrich Tires 300 begin with spectator gates opening at 10 a.m. and the on-track autograph session at 11. Pre race ceremonies begin at 12:15 with the BFGoodrich Tires 300 going green at 1.