Rumble Brewing In Memphis
September 8, 2001 | 2:00 P.M. EST
But this is the age of Kevin Harvick’s NASCAR Busch-Winston Cup twosome and the feat, while still best reserved for the young, is less than remarkable anymore.
So it surprised no one to see Johnny Sauter finish fifth in his Busch Series debut at Richmond International Raceway Friday, and then hop onto a plane to win the pole for the Rev Up Sports Drink 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park the next day.
Sauter set a new Memphis track record, Saturday, circling the track in 22.758 sec. for his fifth pole of the season. Mike Garvey, who punted Sauter into the wall in a race last week, will start alongside the 23-year old rookie.
“I absolutely expected this pole,” said Sauter, who beat the old track record of 22.830 set by David Stremme last year. “The car has been awesome all day long. It really shows on a long run. Starting beside the LaFavre team will be interesting. When you mess with a bull, you get the horn. I am going to race the way they want to race.”
Sauter is one win away from tying the ASA ACDelco Series record for wins in a season. Sauter has captured the checkered flag on eight occasions in 2001, including at Chicago Motor Speedway, the only track the series runs that is longer than the .75-mile Memphis Motorsports Park.
Garvey will start in the front row for the sixth-time in 2001 after also breaking the track record with his lap of 22.780 sec. Garvey has captured three poles in 2001 and was just off of capturing his fourth after being quick in practice throughout the afternoon.
“I expected to beat the old track record,” said Garvey. “Johnny just picked up more than I did. It didn’t really matter going out early. The track was hardly different. I don’t think the start should be a problem tomorrow.”
Garvey’s teammate Kevin Cywinski, who won in Minnesota last weekend, will start third after turning a lap of 22.924 sec. He was the only other driver to clock in under the 23 second mark. Butch Miller and defending race winner Joey Clanton will round out the top-five starters.