Gregg Wins Second Kentucky Speedway Irl Menards Infiniti Pro Series Pole
Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series driver Travis Gregg won his second Kentucky Speedway pole today in his No. 7 Lucas Oil Products/Argosy Casino/SSM Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone today.
The 27-year-old from Camden, Ohio topped the 11-driver field with a 187.962-mph (28.3462 seconds) lap to take his fourth SWE Race Car Parts Pole of the season and the fifth of his career. He set the series track qualifying record in 2004 with a 190.398-mph (27.9835 seconds) lap and finished fifth.
"It's awesome," Gregg said. "This track is so close to home and I have a lot of people coming to cheer me on, so I'm really excited to be starting on the front row. We always seem to pick up a little bit when we trim the car for qualifying, and I just try to drive the wheels off it because the guys put so much hard work into it."
Gregg will shoot for his third win from the pole this season at 3:00 p.m., tomorrow in "The Bluegrass 100" on "Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Day." He enters the race third in the series standings and 40 points behind current leader Wade Cunningham, who qualified eighth after turning his best of two qualifying laps at 183.840 mph (29.9817 seconds) in his No. 33 Multimatic Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.
Jaime Camara will join Gregg on the front row after qualifying second with a lap of 186.299 mph (28.5992 seconds) in his No. 1 CELG-Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. Rookies Jay Drake and Nick Bussell make up an all Vision Racing second row. Drake qualified third in his No. 20 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone with a quick lap of 185.710 mph (28.6899 seconds) and Bussell will start fourth after turning his best lap at 185.561 mph (28.7129 seconds).
The top-five drivers in the series standings will roll off the Kentucky starting grid separated by only 70 points.
The fourth of five event weekends at the speedway continues tomorrow when gates open at 10:00 a.m. In addition to "The Bluegrass 100," the full day of activity includes four IndyCar Series practice sessions and IndyCar Series qualifying for "The AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPS Industries."
The all open-wheel weekend continues on August 14 when gates open at 10:30 a.m. with the final IndyCar Series practice. Country music trio SHeDAISY will take the WUBE-FM B-105 Country Sound Stage at 1:00 p.m., and the "AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPS Industries" field takes the green flag at 3:45 p.m.
Parents will be able to obtain a free AMBER Alert Child ID computer flash drive on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Meijer Child ID stations located the main concourse. Approximately 750 IDs will be available. The keychain-sized IDs will contain a child's photo and personal description. IDs can be connected to AMBER Alert Portals in state patrol cars in the event of an emergency.
Tickets for both race events are still available and can be purchased online through http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com or http://www.tickets.com. Tickets also can be reserved by phone at 888-652-RACE and through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores. Tickets also are available at the speedway main entrance between Gates 15 and 16.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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