With all eyes on the power teams of the ARCA/CRA Super Series, an underdog stole the show for a surprise pole. Terry Fisher, Jr. laid down a 15.297-second lap to take the pole for Sunday’s 44th Running of the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway.
Fisher, who made his attempt during the opening stages of the 40-car qualifying session narrowly beat out Christopher Bell and Stephen Nasse for the position.
“It’s kind of unbelievable right now,” said Fisher. “Our race shop’s on a gravel road out in the country. We pretty much built that car with our own shocks and everything. It’s kind of unbelievable right now how things turned out.
“To be on top of the pole ahead of Kyle Busch Motorsports is incredible. Anytime you beat all these guys, it’s something.”
A favorite to take the pole after running in the top two during both of Saturday’s practice sessions, Bell would settle for second on the day.
“The car probably had (the pole) in it, I just didn’t get everything out of it,” said Bell. “That’s alright. It’s 400 laps, and that’s a long time around here. If we can survive all of them, I think we’ll be there.”
Nasse would end the session in third, with Dalton Armstrong and Cody Coughlin rounding out the top five. Bret Holmes, Brandon Oakley, Paul Shafer, Daniel Hemric and Chase Elliott will fill out the remaining positions in the top 10.
After shocking the field with a pole run, Fisher expressed confidence in his car for tomorrow’s Winchester 400.
“We were really good on old tires,” said Fisher. “We practiced all day on 80-lap tires, and we could run 15.90’s all day. It was real comfortable. We could get to the bottom, it’d really go anywhere we want it.
“Hopefully we stay up front and just stay with the leaders, just save some tires until the end. I think staying out of trouble is going to be the key to this race.”
The Super Series will return to the world’s fastest half mile tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. for the 44th Running of the Winchester 400. Fans can watch the event live on Speed51 TV beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET and can purchase the pay-per-view by clicking here: http://speed51.com/51livetv-events/
-By Aaron Bearden, Speed51.com Contributor – Twitter: @AaronBearden93
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44th Running of the Winchester 400 Qualifying Results:
|1||81||Terry Fisher Jr||15.297|
|8||7||Paul Shafer Jr||15.461|
|24||20||Jack Dossey III||15.595|
|33||3||Wes Griffith Jr||15.773|