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Burt Myers Rockets to Pole at Franklin County

Bobby Labonte qualifies second, Preece fifth prior to redraw

Andy Marquis | STS

CALLAWAY, VA – Burt Myers took the pole for the Kenny Minter Classic at Franklin County Speedway on Saturday afternoon with a lightning fast lap in qualifying.

Myers clocked a 12.954-second lap in qualifying to take the pole from Bobby Labonte, who had ran a 13.007-second lap.  Jason Myers qualified third while Gary Putnam and Ryan Preece rounded out the top-five in qualifying.

Jeremy Gerstner, Chuck Hossfield, Frank Fleming, Brian Loftin and Brandon Ward completed the top-10.  Ward entered the race as one of the favorites after winning multiple races in the Stadium Invasion Series at Franklin County Speedway last year.

Myers, who leads the points, has raced at Franklin County Speedway in the past.  Labonte also raced at the track in the 1980s.

The entire field will redraw before the start of the race – with the top nine redrawing for the first nine positions, then the rest of the field redrawing for the second half of the lineup.

Qualiftying times

  1. Burt Myers – 12.954
  2. Bobby Labonte – 13.007
  3. Jason Myers – 13.044
  4. Gary Putnam – 13.116
  5. Ryan Preece – 13.140
  6. Jeremy Gerstner – 13.141
  7. Chuck Hossfield – 13.151
  8. Frank Fleming – 13.155
  9. Briam Loftin – 13.173
  10. Brandon Ward – 13.174
  11. James Civali – 13.183
  12. Dennis Holdren – 13.197
  13. Daniel Yates – 13.218
  14. Chris Fleming – 13.243
  15. John Smith – 13.545
  16. Daniel Beeson – 13.717
  17. Brian Weber – 14.651

Starting Lineup:

  1. Brian Loftin
  2. Burt Myers
  3. Bobby Labonte
  4. Jason Myers
  5. Chuck Hossfeld
  6. Ryan Preece
  7. Gary Putnam
  8. Frank Fleming
  9. Jeremy Gerstner
  10. Chris Fleming
  11. Brandon Ward
  12. John Smith
  13. Dennis Holdren
  14. Daniel Beeson
  15. Daniel Yates
  16. James Civali
  17. Brian Weber

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Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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