Michael McGuire grabbed the pole for Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 125 Thursday afternoon, touring the .533-mile oval at 120.694 mph (15.898 seconds) to grab his first career pole in the K&N Series.

The 16-year-old, who made his K&N debut at BMS in this race a year ago, edged Dylan Presnell (120.203 mph) for the top slot.

After finishing eighth at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile last March, McGuire was more than a little surprised to find himself atop the leader board.

"I really didn't come in here with high expectations," he said. “This is pretty unbelievable…. I’m still at a loss for words to be honest.

“It's been an unbelievable kind of day. We worked really hard to be here and we're really happy with the way things turned out. I really, really like Bristol. It’s fast and it really fits my driving style well. Now we just have to make something happen in the race.” 

Rounding out the five are Ben Kennedy (120.128), Jesse Little (120.083) and Dylan Kwasniewski (119.962).

The DRIVE4COPD 125 takes the green flag after Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 Nationwide Series race Saturday, at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Tickets for Saturday’s doubleheader start at $40 for adults and $22 for kids 15 and under.
Special half-price ticket packages for fans 15 and younger are available for March race weekend. March race weekend ticket packages, which include the Food City 500 and Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300/DRIVE4COPD 125 doubleheader start at $99 for adults. A package in the Wallace Tower for both Sprint Cup races also is available for $99, while packages for fans 15 and younger are available for the March races at half price. Lower-row seating for the Food City 500 is available with tickets starting at $70 for adults and $37 for children 15 and under.

Purchasing tickets to the Food City 500 enters the guest in the Bruton’s Big Bristol Giveaway in which 10 lucky fans win a new Ford Mustang.

BMS season tickets, which include the Food City 500 and IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup races, as well as both Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300, the Food City 250 and the DRIVE4COPD 125, also are on sale. Pricing for all four races begins at just $175 in the Wallace Tower.

Tickets may be purchased by calling toll-free (866) 415-4158.