Toledo, Ohio (May 17, 2003) -- Michigan veteran set a new record at Toledo Speedway, breaking the track record for the American Speed Association and tied legend Bob Senneker for the top spot for pole positions. Miller in the Timber...
Toledo, Ohio (May 17, 2003) -- Michigan veteran set a new record at Toledo Speedway, breaking the track record for the American Speed Association and tied legend Bob Senneker for the top spot for pole positions.
Miller in the Timber Wolf Chevrolet toured the half-mile high-banked oval on Saturday at 112.367 mph (16.019 seconds) to establish a new ASA mark for today's Glass City 300. The old mark was set in 1996 by Scott Hansen at 111.933 mph (16.081 seconds).
The Glass City 300 will be broadcast live starting at 3 p.m. on the Speed Channel.
It was the 49th pole of Miller's career and tied him with the now retired Senneker. Miller has captured two poles during the 2003 season. He won his first pole in June, 1979 at Owosso Speedway in Michigan.
"I'm tickled," said Miller. "I already got a call from John Kinney of Timber Wolf, who was watching qualifying on ASARacing.com. I'm walking on cloud nine right now, we want to carry it over into the race."
On tying Senneker's record, Miller said he has mixed emotions about the accomplishment.
"Bob Senneker was a superstar," he said. "I do want to break the record, but it is one that should never have been broken. I'm not going to feel that terrific about it."
Rookie sensation Reed Sorenson in the ACDelco Chevrolet will start on the outside of the front row after turning the track at 111.214 mph (16.185 seconds). Veterans Mike Garvey, Kevin Cywinski and Robbie Pyle rounded out the top five.
Sorenson was pleased with the best qualifying effort in his limited ASA career.
"We tested here at the same time as Butch (Miller)," the Georgia driver said, "and that is about what we ran. We missed a little on the gear. If we can finish second here it will be awesome."
Garvey said the WJ Plemons Investments Chevrolet was not very good during the practice sessions.
"We should have tested here," he said. "We needed one more adjustment. The car was loose. This is a fickle track and you have to be right on the bottom. For Butch (Miller) to turn a 16-second flat lap, that's hauling the butter."
Garvey said Miller's tying the record is unbelievable.
"The competition in ASA keeps getting tougher and he continues to run upfront," said Garvey. "That's why he is one of the all-time best."
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