Bill Elliott broke the track record and won the pole position Saturday for the Miller High Life 400 NASCAR stock car race at Michigan International Speedway.
Elliott was the fastest of three drivers who surpassed the previous record on the two-mile, high-banked oval. The other two were Geoff Bodine, who won last Sunday's race at Long Pond, Pa., and Davey Allison, who is racing here while his father, Bobby, recovers slowly from serious injuries sustained in the Pocono race.Allison, 27, was the first driver to complete a qualifying attempt Saturday, breaking Tim Richmond's 1986 record of 172.031 mph with a lap averaging 172.146.
Bodine, who went out shortly after Allison, improved the mark to 172.480. Elliott then knocked Bodine off the top spot for Sunday's 400-mile race with a fast lap of 172.687.
Elliott, who now has two poles this year - the first last March at Rockingham, N.C. - picked up the 31st pole of his career.
The tire war between Goodyear and newcomer Hoosier continued to heat up in the 90-degree temperatures Saturday.
Each driver has to start the race on the tires he qualified with, but Goodyear has generally been the faster tire in qualifying and Hoosier the most consistent and longest lasting in the races this season.
Goodyear has won 13 of 14 poles and seven races, while Hoosier has six race victories.
Elliott and Allison were on Goodyears Saturday, while Bodine was on Hoosiers.
Twenty-eight of the 41 starters will be on Goodyears Sunday
The race, which is scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. EDT, will be televised live by CBS Sports.
Darrell Waltrip took the fourth position with a fast lap of 171.768, followed by Winston Cup point leader Rusty Wallace at 171.621.
Alan Kulwicki was next at 171.265, with surprising Eddie Bierschwale following at 170.657, Benny Parsons 170.604, defending race champion Dale Earnhardt 170.572, and, rounding out the top 10, Bobby Hillin Jr. at 170.281.