FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) _ Kenny Wallace took the pole for the Busch Series’ NAPA AutoCare 250, turning a lap at 131.062 mph Friday in qualifying for the Saturday race.
The Chevrolet driver earned his ninth career Busch pole and first since 1994 in Nazareth, Pa.
``I’m speechless,″ Wallace said. ``I’m they guy who always looks forward to Happy Hour to get my car handling for the race.
``This was a deal where we showed up and didn’t know any better. And even though this track isn’t anything like Richmond, it’s got a white line painted around it and I figured I’d just follow that as quick as I could.″
Jeff Green, the defending series and race champion, took the second spot with a run of 131.000 in his Ford. He also started second last year at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
``We have a great car. I just messed up the first lap, overdrove it a little bit and had to settle myself down,″ Green said.
Tim Fedewa qualified third at 130.933. Rookie Greg Biffle, second behind Kevin Harvick in the season standings, was fourth at 130.857, followed by Jay Sauter, Kevin Grubb and Jeff Purvis.
Harvick, running both the Busch and Winston Cup series, will start at the back of the field after missing qualifying. He qualified sixth Friday for Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500.
Ed Barrier drove Harvick’s Chevrolet in practice and qualifying Friday, turning the eighth-fastest lap at 130.458.
``I promise you, he’ll will be up front as fast as he can,″ Green said.