Little Breaks Track Record En Route To PittLite 125 Pole
Jesse Little knows how to make an entrance.
The NASCAR Next driver, making his 2015 debut at Bristol Motor Speedway, earned his third career 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. and set a track record in Thursday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East PittLite 125 qualifying. His lap of 15.891 seconds (120.748 mph) in the No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute / PFC Toyota earned him the top spot for Saturday's PittLite125.
Teammates Brandon Jones and Daniel Hemric will start second and third, with Jones' lap at 15.893 (120.732) also besting the previous track record set in 2013 by Michael McGuire (15.898/120.694).
William Byron, J.J. Haley, Scott Heckert and Rico Abreu all topped the 120 mph mark to secure positions four through seven. Kyle Benjamin, Codie Rohrbaugh and Nick Drake rounded out the top ten.
Championship points leader Austin Hill, forced to back-up car after a practice crash, qualified just outside the top ten in 11th. Defending race winner Eddie McDonald was 16th fastest.
Saturday's PittLite 125 is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. ET green flag. The race will be televised on NBCSN on Thursday, April 23 at a time to be determined.