Brenden Queen Grabs Pole in Pivotal Season Finale at East Carolina Motor Speedway
Robersonville, NC – After a wild but short week in the short track-racing world, we are back at it on the high banks of East Carolina for their season finale. In addition to crowning track champions, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will come to an end tonight as well. A lot of the line this evening as the track championship in the Late Model division comes down to on final 100-lap feature and just two points.
Brenden Queen – 18 of Chesapeake, Virginia – entered the weekend just two points ahead of veteran Late Model racer Louis White. Track position and tire management will be the key factors in winning this race this evening. Queen has already taken care of one of those requirements by qualifying on the pole with a time of 15.330 – the only car to break into the three’s. Louis White however, doing all in his power to keep the race tight was able to grab the second position on the starting grid.
“Save the right rear tire,” Queen said during post qualifying tech inspection. “We just have to make sure our stuff is there at the end of this one. We want to go out there and win the race but I am not going to throw away a track championship to get it.” Familiar faces will surround Brenden Queen as Thomas Burbage starting just behind him with current North Carolina point’s leader, Tyler Matthews, rolling of the grid in the fifth position.
“If he [White] wants to get into us we can let him go,” Brenden explained. “If we need to ride behind him to make sure we stay out of trouble and get the championship that’s fine.” The Late Models will have eight races before they roll off pit road. The INEX Bandos will kick the night off with their 15-lap feature followed by the first Pro Six, UCARS, Super Trucks, Super Streets, Southern Ground Pounders, second Pro Six feature, Street Stocks, then the Late Models.
Late Models Qualifying:
P1. #03 Brenden Queen – 15.390
P2. #7 Louis White – 15.415
P3. #9 Thomas Burbage – 15.435
P4. #5 Paul Williamson –15.471
P5. #63 Tyler Matthews – 15.500
P6. #12 Wesley Johnson – 15.863
P7. #12 Dean Shiflett – 15.615
P8. #01 Jeff Shiflett – 15.708
P9. #25 Kenneth Mercer – 15.716
P10. #33 Ryan Haddock – 15.780
P11. #29 Melvin Langley – 16.469