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QUALIFYING: Purdy Posts Record Run

Breaks Truex's 15-year-old K&N Pro East Mark At Thompson
July 8, 2017 - 6:36pm

THOMPSON, Conn. -- Chase Purdy will never know how fast his primary car would have gone, but his backup isn't bad for the Busch North Throwback 100.

The 17-year-old from Meridian, Mississippi, won his third straight 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light Saturday evening at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. In the process, he broke the track record set by Martin Truex Jr. in 2002.

Purdy damaged his car before he recorded an official lap in the first practice earlier in the day. After posting the fourth fastest lap in the final session, Purdy piloted his No. 44 Bama Buggies/Textron Offroad Toyota to a lap of 20.197 seconds (111.403 mph) around the .625-mile oval.

Truex's record was 20.200 (111.386 mph) set in July 2002.

Todd Gilliland, coming off a win at Michigan's Berlin Raceway last week, qualified second at 20.249.

The Busch North Throwback 100 honors the New England roots of the series. Purdy's car is done in the 1994 champion Dale Shaw, while Gilliland's No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota carries the name of New England Racing Hall of Famer Stub Fadden.

Harrison Burton was third in qualifying, followed by Ryan Preece and Dillon Bassett. Bassett had the fastest overall lap in practice.

His brother, Ronnie Bassett Jr., was sixth, followed by Chase Cabre, Doug Coby, Jared Irvan and Ruben Garcia Jr.

The Busch North Throwback 100 is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.