Sharp Races To Belterra Indy 300 Pole
Driver Finds More Speed For Third Straight Session At Kentucky
Scott Sharp found more speed in his No. 8 Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara Oldsmobile for the third straight driving session at Kentucky Speedway and took the MBNA Pole for Sunday's Belterra Casino Indy 300. Sharp claimed his third pole of the year after turning his fastest lap at 214.598 mph during the Saturday afternoon qualifying session.
The lap bested Sharp's morning practice session time of 214.379 mph and yesterday's series-best 214.434 mph that was turned in by Eddie Cheever, Jr.
"It was about perfect. A nine-and-a-half or 10…probably a 10," Sharp said. "We were really surprised with the speed. Everything just came together for us. We stuck a new engine in last night that ran really well this morning. We just tweaked. We didn't make many changes. We had the balance just right."
Sharp was followed by Kelley Racing teammate Mark Dismore (No.28 Delphi Automotive Systems/Bryant Heating & Cooling Dallara Oldmobile) in second with a fastest lap speed of 213.646 mph. Sharp and Dismore will be sharing the front row for the fourth time in their careers. Cheever (No. 51 Cheever Racing Infiniti Dallara) placed third with a qualifying lap speed of 213.200 mph.
The drivers are looking forward to Sunday's race. They feel this year's race will differ from last year's because of a rougher track surface and an IRL mandated change from a six-degree back wing to 12-degrees.
"I think the 12-degrees will make a better race," Sharp said. "It will open up a second groove and make drafting a factor. The condition of the track combined with the 12-degrees makes it very different. I don't think anybody knows what to expect tomorrow."
Tickets are still available for Sunday's Belterra Casino Indy 300 and may be purchased in person at the Speedway's ticket office in Sparta. The green flag will drop at 1:30 p.m. and the race will be carried live on ABC.