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.


Terry Fisher celebrates his pole for the 44th Running of the Winchester 400. (Speed51.com photo)

Terry Fisher celebrates his pole for the 44th Running of the Winchester 400. (Speed51.com photo)

“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 graphic 51 tv winchester400 long SATcomfortable. 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

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com


44th Running of the Winchester 400 Qualifying Results:

1 81 Terry Fisher Jr 15.297
2 51B Christopher Bell 15.349
3 51N Stephen Nasse 15.382
4 4 Dalton Armstrong 15.406
5 1 Cody Coughlin 15.416
6 2 Bret Holmes 15.435
7 51 Brandon Oakley 15.451
8 7 Paul Shafer Jr 15.461
9 5H Daniel Hemric 15.461
10 9 Chase Elliott 15.467
11 26P Bubba Pollard 15.474
12 28 Grant Quinlan 15.479
13 99 JJ Haley 15.481
14 01 Travis Braden 15.483
15 2W Donnie Wilson 15.488
16 4J Erik Jones 15.491
17 12 Harrison Burton 15.495
18 88 Garrett Jones 15.504
19 54 Jeff Fultz 15.506
20 5 Dominique VanWieringen 15.531
21 13 Hunter Baize 15.540
22 2N Trevor Noles 15.553
23 131 Nick Gullatta 15.558
24 20 Jack Dossey III 15.595
25 26 Rick Turner 15.600
26 29B Anderson Bowen 15.658
27 12G Kody Evans 15.667
28 1B Trevor Berry 15.679
29 98M Mason Mingus 15.682
30 23 Eddie VanMeter 15.698
31 128 Jack Smtih 15.730
32 20R Cole Rouse 15.730
33 3 Wes Griffith Jr 15.773
34 18 Mark Lambert 15.840
35 04 Matt Hall 15.861
36 22 Scott Whitehouse 16.075
37 1S Jon Beach 16.237
38 40 Jordan Miler 16.332

Fisher Jr. Scores Pole Award for 44th Winchester 400