Eddy Ends Three-Year Drought
September 29, 2001 | 8:49 A.M. EST
It’s no surprise Eddy ended that drought at Indianapolis Raceway Park’s .686-mile oval. He’s won five career poles at the track in Clermont, Ind., and his qualifying effort was just enough to keep Mike Garvey off the pole for Saturday night’s tirerack.com 200.
Eddy turned in a 112.659 mph lap to secure his best starting position of the year since he started third at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in August. Garvey nailed down his eighth front-row starting spot of the year with a 112.464 mph lap. He wasn’t shocked to learn he came up short against Eddy, who has won twice at IRP.
“I know Mike Eddy, and he is capable of being fast at any track, so it was no surprise when he won the pole,” Garvey said. “I knew we were a little too loose for qualifying, so I am surprised we went that fast.
“We've been close the last five races, we just can't seem to get there.”
In the race for the ASA title, which will be decided Saturday night, rookie Johnny Sauter picked up a couple of valuable points on Gary St. Amant by qualifying fourth. Sauter now only needs to finish 22nd or better Saturday night to claim the ASA crown.
Amant will start the race 14th.
The defending champ of the race, Butch Miller, put himself in good position to defend his title with a third-place qualifying effort. He is second to ASA legend Bob Senneker with four wins at the track.
The tirerack.com 200 gets the green flag at 8 p.m. (ET) on Saturday night.