David Reynolds scored his maiden pole position in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup today during round five of the championship being held at the Betta Electrical 500 at Sandown in Melbourne.
The 21-year-old Albury-bred racer pulled out a blistering 1:12.1631 lap in the final two minutes of today's qualifying session to end the four round pole-setting streak of rival Alex Davison.
Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) is currently fourth in the all-Porsche championship and on a charge to finish the season in the top three.
"Things are falling into place now," said Reynolds. "I'm thinking of qualifying like practice, and that seemed to work here.
"My previous pole position was actually here as well back in 2004 in Formula Ford, the season I won the championship, so it's obviously a circuit I like and drive well at.
"My aim for the rest of the season is to break into the top three but I think the overall championship is out of reach after a few of the rounds we have endured."
Davison (Glenfords Tool Centres / DeWalt) was endeavouring to equal Jim Richards' record of six consecutive pole positions in the category but Reynolds spoiled the record chase in the dying stages.
Davison's time of 1:12.1838 was still good enough to start the Melbourne based 26-year-old from the front row of the grid for tomorrow's race one.
Rookie star David Russell (Boom Logistics / Sherrin Hire) produced his best qualifying effort with the third fastest time of the day, 1:12.2897.
The 24-year-old Queenslander is coming off his second podium result of the season at Oran Park which put him in the equal lead in the Michelin Rookie of the Year standings.
Championship leader Craig Baird (Team VIP Petfoods) was fourth on the timesheets with a best lap around the 3.16km circuit of 1:12.3250.
Jonathon Webb (Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita) rounded out the top five in qualifying - his fourth consecutive top-five grid position in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.
The fastest of the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge privateer entries was Rodney Jane (Bob Jane T-Marts), who has been buoyed by his win at the previous round at Oran Park.
Round five of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Betta Electrical 500, Sandown will continue tomorrow with Race 1 tomorrow over 14 laps at 12.25pm and Race 2 over 14 laps at 4.15pm.
att Kenseth clinched his spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup when he won Saturday’s round at Bristol, his second win in two days at the Tennessee oval.
But the Ford Fusion driver’s fourth Cup victory of the year didn’t come easy.
“I didn’t think we had quite the car today to tell you the truth,” he said. “I thought Jeff Burton had everyone covered, but once we got to the lead, even though it’s only a half mile track, when we got in clean air we were pretty good (and) we had great pitstops.”
Kyle Busch overcame early problems to bring the Kellogg’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo home second. He’d been itching to take the fight to Kenseth. “It was a strong run to finish second. I wish I could have gotten to Kenseth, that would have been a heck of a show.”
Dale Earnhardt Junior (Chevy) was third. “Friday was hot here and we were not very fast,” he said. “That was the hardest I have seen (the pit crew) work in the heat like that. I just told them that that is motivation for me and I tried to do what I could on the racetrack.
“Our pitstops were the best they have ever been (and) we gained spots on every stop.That was a great car. (The crew) turned a pile of crap into a pretty decent race car.”
Scott Riggs (Dodge Charger) and Jeff Gordon (Chevy) completed the top five.
“Everyone on this Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge has done a great job all year,” Riggs said. “We’re a new team and we’re just trying to prove ourselves. We finally had a good car and got some breaks and had good pitstops all night.”
Pole winner Kurt Busch led the first 12 laps until Burton passed him. Burton led until lap 54 when Kenseth got past.
Kenseth still led when the first caution flew on lap 64, but Kurt Busch won the race off pitroad and took the lead.
Burton, led through a string of cautions, before losing it to Earnhardt, chose not
to pit. Gordon was leading on lap 202 when Kevin Harvick hit the wall.
After pitstops, Gordon continued to lead till Burton was fastest off pitroad.
Kenseth made the crucial pass to take the lead on lap 402.
He hung on to the lead after Elliott Sadler (Dodge) hit the wall causing the 10th
caution, and led unchallenged over the closing laps. ?