West Salem, Wisc. native Jay Sauter (No. 43 Quality Farm Stores Chevrolet) won the Bud Pole in a time of 31.421, running the fastest lap at 171.860 mph. This is Sauter's first pole of the 2001 season for the NASCAR Busch Series.

Sauter currently sits 17th on the Busch Series point standings. Sauter has started 15 events and raced to four Top 10 finishes and one Top 5 finish. His best run came on March 31, when he placed third at Texas.

"I needed this really bad," Sauter said. "This is a tough business. I came from the truck series where we won poles and races last year. We didn't do that in the Busch Series. We felt that we were going to be able to get that done this year." Jeff Green (No. 10 Nestle NesQuick Ford) qualified second with a time of 31.437, reaching a top speed of 171.772 mph. Taking third in qualifying was Travis Kvapil (No. 21 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet) with a top speed of 171.679 mph. and a time of 31.454. Coming in as the top rookie during qualifying was Sauter's brother, Tim. Tim Sauter (No. 61 Stoops Freightliner Chevrolet) qualified 14th with a time of 31.732 and a top speed of 170.175.

Sauter will defend his pole Saturday night when the "Outback Steakhouse 300" kicks off at 8:00 p.m., followed by the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series "Kentucky 100."

The speedway expects to host a standing room only crowd of more than 70,000 fans for the "Outback Steakhouse 300." The event will be the largest attended sporting event in Greater Cincinnati history.