Spies savours record breaking feat

Ben Spies confesses the prospect of setting a new record for consecutive pole positions – on home ground – left him feeling the pressure during Superpole at Miller Motorsports Park, but he was delighted to complete his 'proud' achievement.

The American rewrote the record books with a seventh straight pole position, breaking a record belonging to Doug Polen from 1991. His feat is made all the more impressive given his rookie status.

Achieving it rather poignantly in front of a home crowd at the Utah circuit, Spies admits he felt under pressure to secure the record in front of his fans, so was relieved to come away some half a second up on the competition.

“I wanted to treat it like any other qualifying session,” he said, “but there was some added drama today with the record on the line. That and the fact that I was expected to do well here at my home track, plus the weather moving in. All of that had my attention today. Anything less than winning the pole would have been tough to take and that's a tough position to be in.”

While his Saturday performances are brought into rather sharp focus by the fact he remains 88 points adrift of leader Noriyuki Haga in the standings, Spies insists it is a feat to be proud of nonetheless.

“It feels great to break the get into the record books,” he added. “There have been some ups and downs, but the team is working hard, we've got a great bike and I do feel winning seven straight poles is a major accomplishment we can be proud of.”

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Laterrus Talley

May 31, 2009 3:51 AM
Last Edited 2948 days ago

You SHOULD be proud Spies! I'm sure no one will blame you for that. To be a rookie, on a new, still-developing bike while racing at alot of tracks that you've never seen and accomplish things that alot of veterans of this same series haven't done is a MAJOR accomplishment!!!! The 88 points deficit means nothing to me really because, Haga is on a proven winning bike and Haga has TONS of experience in this series and for Ben to come in and straight-up challenge Haga like he has is another major accomplishment! The fact that Haga is having a pretty much flawless season makes Spies look even better too because, even with Haga on form like he is, Spies is still quickier 95% of the time. Go Spies!

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