Burkart stays 8th, set for big first round match-up
Seattle, Saturday: Phil Burkart posted a huge 4.815 during the first session Saturday, effectively matching the 4.812 he posted in much better conditions late on Friday night. Wrapping up qualifying, Burkart and his teammate Del Worsham both smoked the tires simultaneously as they ran side-by-side. Burkart's No. 8 spot was never threatened throughout the day, and he will face No. 9 qualifier Ron Capps in round one.
"We're very happy with everything we've done here, with the exception of that last run where we just got over-center on it and smoked the tires," Burkart said. "The 4.81 during the first run today was really close to being low ET of the session. It was, actually, right up until Eric Medlen ran 4.804 as the last car down the track. If you run quicker than anyone except the No. 1 qualifier, you did alright.
"Now, we've really got a challenge for round one. We may have out-qualified Ron by a spot, but the 8 vs. 9 pairing is always the toughest match in round one and they made four great laps here, which means they were probably the most consistent team on the property. We have to focus on the fact we were quicker than they were when we each made our best runs, and we were quicker than they were during the first session today. After all, they're not going to average out four runs tomorrow to decide round one. It's one lap, and if we want to win we're going to have to be quicker on that lap. They're a very good team over there, so we have to be on our game."
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