Rhodes Rolls To Bristol K&N East Pole
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ben Rhodes had to wait until nearly the end of line to make his qualifying lap, but that didn’t matter.
The 17-year-old from Louisville, Ky., earned his second straight 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. in Friday’s qualifying for the PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rhodes went out 37th of 38 cars and posted a lap of 16.036 seconds (119.656 mph) around the high-banked half-mile in advance of Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.
The rookie knocked Brandon Gdovic off the provisional pole. Gdovic had a lap of 16.045 (119.589) and will start on the front row. Rookie Austin Hill qualified third at 16.059 (119.484). Cale Conley and Gray Gaulding rounded out the top five.
Kenzie Ruston was sixth, followed by Cameron Hayley, rookie Lee Pulliam, Matt Tifft and Jesse Little.
Points leader Daniel Suarez qualified 17th. Suarez won the first two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races of the season and has won the last four NASCAR touring series races he’s entered, including a pair of NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series events.
The PittLite 125 is scheduled to take the green flag at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.