ROSSBURG, Ohio — Tyler Courtney turned the quickest lap during Friday’s Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying session to capture the pole for Saturday night’s 50-lap USAC Silver Crown feature at Eldora Speedway.
The Indianapolis native’s lap of 17.414 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval bested the field of 32 drivers who were competing for starting spots to set the field for Saturday night’s race, which will serve as the finale for the 39th running of the 4-Crown Nationals.
Courtney, making his second USAC Silver Crown appearance of the year, captured the victory in the only other series race he competed in this season, in June, at Eldora, aboard his Chris Dyson Racing/Thetford – ProtectAll – Norcold – Racer Magazine/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.
It’s the second time Courtney will start the 4-Crown Silver Crown race from the pole, first doing so in 2016.
While Courtney and the top-20 qualifiers locked themselves into the feature event, the remaining cars competed in a 12-lap Qualifying Race on Friday night with the top-six finishers transferring.
Davey Ray was victorious in the event, followed by 2002 4-Crown winner Brian Tyler, Mike Haggenbottom, Matt Goodnight, Austin Nemire and first-time Silver Crown competitor Erik Karlsen.