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Mar 8, 2001

Spies Takes Pole In 750cc Supersport Qualifying Despite Broken Hand

Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Ben Spies, 16, demolished the AMA 750cc Supersport Daytona lap record on his GSX-R750 with a 1:52.488 in qualifying for Friday's final. Spies did his time on a DOT-labeled Michelin Pilot race-compound tire without the aid of anyone's draft, and did it despite a broken left hand. The old lap record was set by Damon Buckmaster in 2000 at 1:53.914, giving Spies the new mark by some 1.4 seconds. <BR><BR>Corona EBSCO Suzuki's Jimmy Moore mounted a Dunlop DOT-labeled qualifying tire in enough time to get one flying lap as the session closed. Moore gave his what he admitted was his best lap at 1:52.648, but fell just short of Spies' time. Moore's time will place him second on the grid for Friday's 15-lap final.<BR><BR>Attack Suzuki's Jason Pridmore recorded the third-fastest time with a Dunlop qualifying tires at 1:52.931 for third on the grid. Completing the front row will be Arclight Suzuki's Lee Acree. Acree lapped the famed 3.56-mile road course at 1:53.100 on a Metzeler race tire, using the draft off teammate Brian Parriott and Hooters Suzuki's Brian Gibbs.<BR><BR>The top times follow:<BR><BR>1. Ben Spies, 1:52.488<BR>2. Jimmy Moore, 1:52.648<BR>3. Jason Pridmore, 1:52.931<BR>4. Lee Acree, 1:53.100<BR>5. Brian Gibbs, 1:53.523<BR>6. Brian Parriott, 1:53.666<BR>7. Mike Ciccotto, 1:54.054<BR>8. Rich Alexander, 1:54.105<BR>9. Chris Ulrich, 1:54.192<BR>10. Vince Haskovec, 1:54.692<BR> <BR>