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Louisville, Ky. native Ben Rhodes recorded the quickest lap during qualifying Thursday and starts Saturday's PittLite 125 K&N East event at Bristol Motor Speedway with the best seat in the house.

Rounding the half-mile at 119.658 mph (16.036 seconds), Rhodes attributes his second consecutive K&N pole to increased comfort in the cockpit.

"Last year I was over-driving it a lot," said the 17-year-old. "I was really nervous and didn't know what to do. I was still trying to get the feel for the car last year; but those seven races really helped me out.

"This year I know what I gotta do. I feel like I just need to relax a little more, drive it like I would in practice and forget the rest. That's really what I have to focus on."

Rhodes, who placed ninth in last year's contest at BMS, leads the field to green after the Drive to Stop Diabetes Nationwide Series race Saturday, at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Starting outside of Rhodes on the front row is Brandon Gdovic, who posted a best lap of 119.589 mph. Point leader Daniel Suarez, winner of the first two K&N races of the season, starts 17th.

Tickets for Saturday's doubleheader start at $40 for adults and $22 for kids 15 and under.

March race weekend ticket packages, which include the Food City 500 and Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes/DRIVE4COPD 125 doubleheader start at $89 for adults. To experience racing at the Last Great Colosseum, call (855) 580-5525 or visit www.bristoltix.com.