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QUALIFYING: Rookie Emerling Wins Pole

New Yorker, 18, tops Whelen Southern Modified field at Hickory
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
April 2, 2011 - 5:06pm

NEWTON, N.C. -- Rookie Patrick Emerling captured his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light Saturday afternoon in his second career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour start. Emerling became the youngest pole winner in tour history.

Emerling, 18, from Orchard Park, N.Y., set fast time in qualifying for Saturday night's Hickory 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway. He had a lap of 14.186 (92.119) around the .363-mile oval.

Andy Seuss held the tour record for youngest pole winner at 21 years, 27 days. Emerling is 18 years, 6 months, 15 days.

Jason Myers qualified second at 14.254 (91.680) and Zach Brewer third at 14.269 (91.583). James Civali and George Brunnhoelzl III rounded out the top five.

Burt Myers was sixth, followed by Renee Dupuis, John Smith, Tim Brown and Thomas Stinson.

The green flag for the Hickory 150 is scheduled for 8 p.m. The race can be heard live on, with the pre-race show beginning at 7:45 p.m.