Goodyear Takes Kentucky Pole

Scott Goodyear shattered Buddy Lazier’s day-old record at Kentucky Speedway by turning a lap at 219.191 mph to win the pole for the pole for the Indy Racing Northern Light Series Belterra Indy 300 Saturday.

Goodyear, who said this is likely to be his last year in the Series, was followed by Eliseo Salazar, Greg Ray, Sarah Fisher, and Jeff Ward.

Fisher has tested well at Kentucky Speedway and faired well in Friday’s practice sessions. She was third in the morning practice and then second in the afternoon with a top speed of 218.420 mph. Her time on Saturday was 217.672 mph.

"We were able to do some testing at this track before this weekend and that has definitely helped us out with a good baseline for this race," Fisher said. "This racetrack really seems to suit my driving style. I also think another reason we're doing well here is that the communication between myself and Rob (Edwards, team manager and race engineer) has really gotten good as the season has gone along. At every track we go to, I learn more and more about the car and how it reacts, so I'm able to give him a lot more specific information to help make the car better and better."

Lazier, who led Friday’s afternoon practice session with his then-record-breaking performance of 218.774 mph, qualified to start the race seventh. His speed on Saturday was 216.546 mph.

Lazier leads the Series point standings, 23 points ahead of Eddie Cheever Jr., who qualified 15th.

Roberto Guerrero qualified 25th in his return to the Indy Racing League.

The race is scheduled to begin Sunday at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

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