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The Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. David Gil-

liland might have summed up Daytona
qualifying best.
Its uncontrolled chaos out there, Gil-
liland said Friday after landing the pole
in a rain-shortened and somewhat hairy
session that set the eld for the Coke Zero
400 on Saturday night at Daytona Interna-
tional Speedway.
Gillilands top speed during a hectic, cat-
and-mouse qualifying session was 199.322
mph, earning him his third Sprint Cup
pole and rst since landing the top spot for
the 2007 Daytona 500. All three of his poles
have been at restrictor-plate rac-
es, with the rst one coming at
Talladega in 2006.
Front Row Motorsports, our
strong point is denitely speed-
way racing, said Gilliland, who
nished third in the 2011 Day-
tona 500. It is something thats
circled on our calendar from
the start of the year. We put a
lot of emphasis on it. The re-
strictor-plate tracks are good
equalizers. David Ragan and
I both have good-enough cars
Gates open at 5pm, Racing at 7pm.
Tickets are just $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors & Teens,
12 and under are free
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American Legion Baseball
Post 48 advances to second round
Record Sports Correspondent

HICKORY With reworks
lling the sky off in the distance,
KyRawn Whiteld earned the
win in relief and delivered the
game-winning hit, leading
Hickory Post 48 to a 7-5 win
over Alexander County Post 170
in Game 4 of the rst round of
the best-of-ve American Le-
gion Area IV playoffs at Legion
Field on Friday. Hickory won
the series 3-1.
Hickory (14-13), the sixth seed
out of the Western Division,
advances to the quarternals,
where it faces Asheville (15-7)
in the best-of-ve series that
starts Monday in Asheville.
The time and site for Mon-
days game will be determined
Game 2 is slated for Legion
Fairgrounds on Tuesday at 7
p.m., with Game 3 back in Ashe-
Hats off to Hickory, Alex-
ander County manager Gary
Hamby said. I think they are
going to be tough to beat in the
second round.
Asheville, the second seed out
of the West, won its rst-round
series with Huntersville 3-1.
Winning this series is a testa-
ment to our guys and the guts
they have, Hickory manager
Cam Beard said. There are a lot
of people that didnt even think
we would be in the playoffs, and
to get down 1-0 and come back
to win says a lot about the play-
ers and the high character they
With the score tied at 5-all
after seven and a half innings,
Post 48 scored two runs on two
hits and a walk in the bottom of
the eighth.
Kyle Kelly started the inning
with a walk and advanced to
second on a sacrice bunt by
Joseph Butler.
Two batters later and with one
out, Whiteld connected on a 1-
1 count with a single to left eld,
scoring Kelly for a 6-5 lead.
Hickory added another run
before the inning was over when
Whiteld scored on a single by
Austin LaPierre.
imited Late Model racer
Dillon Houser said his
biggest weakness is
qualifying, but his friend Ash-
ley Huffman said theres more
to it than that.
The biggest thing holding
him back is that hes been
around racing so much, and
he knows all the right words,
and he tries to be so techni-
cally correct with everything,
Huffman said. He overana-
lyzes things, tries too hard. He
puts too much pressure on
Houser, 20, keeps his car
in Dwight Huffman Racings
shop, and Ashley Huffman,
Dwights son, is Housers men-
He needs to take a deep
breath and relax, Ashley Huff-
man added. He doesnt have
a lot of experience yet, and he
doesnt have to be so technical.
He needs to just go out and
Maybe Houser is listening to
Huffman about relaxing. Even
though he was sixth in Lim-
ited points at Hickory Motor
Speedway, the family went to
the beach for the weekend.
He lost a spot in the stand-
ings, but didnt seem to mind.
It doesnt bother me, he
said. The points are not big.
I want to win a race, and right
now I dont have the car to win.
Well come back next week and
test and be the best we can
Houser said hes in his third
year racing at HMS.
The rst year, I ran two rac-
es (at HMS); the second year, I
traveled (the) UARA(-Stars) se-
ries and did a little weekly rac-
ing at Hickory, Tri-County and
Greenville-Pickens, he said.
Last year, I ran Late Model,
Houser looks to be a winner
Hickory Motor Speedway
Record correspondent
SAL Baseball
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Record Sports Correspondent
HICKORY The Savannah (Ga.)
Sand Gnats scored in three of the
rst four innings, then held on to
defeat the Hickory Crawdads, 9-7, in
front of 4,793 fans on hand for post-
game Independence Day reworks.
The win by Savannah (56-26 over-
all, 12-4 second half ) was its eighth
in a row and snapped a seven-game
win streak by Hickory (54-31 over-
all, 13-3 second half ). The defend-
ing SAL champion Sand Gnats, who
have already clinched a playoff spot
by winning the rst-half title in the
Southern Division, remain in a tie
with Asheville in the second-half
The Crawdads, who
won 28 of their last
31 games, saw their
Northern Division
lead drop to one game
over Greensboro.
Hickory will look to
even the series at 7
p.m. Saturday.
Savannah took ad-
vantage of sloppy play
by the Crawdads to take the early
lead. With one out, Champ Stuart
reached on a bunt single and went
to second on pitcher Tyler Smiths
wild throw to rst. The next batter,
Dominic Smith, hit a liner that was
dropped by Jairo Beras in left and al-
lowed Stuart to score. Matt Oberste
(4-for-5) followed with a two-run
homer to make it 3-0.
The Sand Gnats added two more
in the second on an RBI single by
Dominic Smith and a run-scoring
double off the wall by Oberste.
Hickory cut the decit to 5-1 when
Travis Demeritte singled and later
scored on an error by shortstop Yeix-
son Ruiz on a potential double-play
However a broken-bat single by
Oberste in the fourth added a run
and chased Tyler Smith (4-2). Fe-
lix Carvallo entered the game, and
with two outs, appeared to be out
of the inning when he got Yeixon
Ruiz to roll out to third. But third
baseman Demeritte dropped the
ball on the way to recording a force
play to keep the inning alive. Car-
vallo then issued a bases-loaded
walk to Jeff Glenn and made it
Jeff Gordon (24), Jimmie Johnson (48) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) race during qualifying for
the Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Friday.
David Gilliland
walks through
the garage
area after win-
ning the pole
position for
Sat ur day s
race at Day-
tona Interna-
tional Speed-
way in Daytona
Beach, Fla.
Gilliland lands pole for Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
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