Briscoe On Chicago Pole
September 6, 2008 | 6:19 P.M. EST
The good found Ryan Briscoe on the pole for the third time this season when he secured the top spot for Sunday's IRL season-ending Peak Antifreeze 300.
Unfortunately the bad went to teammate Helio Castroneves, who will have to overcome a last place starting spot in his bid to catch point leader Scott Dixon for the 2008 championship.
Castroneves was penalized for driving under the whie line "numerous times" during his four-lap qualifying run.
He had earned what would have been the fourth fastest time of the session but the penalty will now drop him to the rear of Sunday's 28-car field.
Dixon, who needs only to finish eighth or better Sunday no matter what Castroneves does, will take the green flag outside the front row.
"We didn't really change much for our qualifying setup," he said. "I felt pretty comfortable in race trim when we were in traffic. I don't think that's going to be much of a problem tomorrow. It's going to be strategy and staying out of trouble."
Briscoe, who wound up in the outside catch fence in a fiery crash at Chicagoland Speedway three years ago, will try and end his year on a high note from the number one spot.
"What a way to try to finish up this season," he said. "It's nice to win a pole on an oval. The car was great right off the truck this weekend. We just have to try to keep Dixon behind us."