McGuire Quick In K&N Qualifying
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Michael McGuire warmed up Bristol Motor Speedway on a cool March day.
After leading final practice, McGuire, hailing from Vinton, Va., earned his first career 21 Means 21 presented by Coors Brewing Pole Award in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying for the DRIVE4COPD 125 on Thursday. He recorded a 15.898-second lap that translates to an average speed of 120.694 mph on the .533-mile high-banked oval. It’s just the fourth series career start for the driver of the No. 7 Wood Towing & Transportation/BTS Toyota.
The cool temperatures aided in 14 cars besting the track record of 16.150 seconds (118.811 mph) established a year ago by Nelson Piquet Jr. in the inaugural Bristol visit for the series.
Starting alongside McGuire on the front row will be Dylan Presnell, who posted a time of 15.963 seconds (120.203 mph).
Posting the third-quickest qualifying time was Ben Kennedy with a time of 15.973 seconds (120.128 mph) followed by Jesse Little, who timed in at 15.979 seconds (120.083 mph).
Dylan Kwasniewski, Brett Moffitt, Bryan Ortiz, Ryan Gifford, Sam Hunt and Jimmy Weller rounded out the top-10 qualifiers on the day.
Alx Danielsson, Matt Tifft, John Salemi and Chuck Buchanan Jr. failed to make the 36-car starting lineup.
Twenty-one of the 36 cars will be piloted by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders while 12 of those will be making their official NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut.