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Gale Wins First Career Pole, Finishes Career-Best Fourth

Cale Gale
Cale Gale
BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 25, 2008) — In a weekend filled with career-bests, Cale Gale and the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) Camping World Chevrolet started the Food City 250 from the pole position, Gale’s career first pole, and crossed the finish line in fourth place, another career-best finish for the 23-year-old driver.

“Our Camping World Chevy was really good from the time we unloaded it off the truck,” said Gale. “We unloaded and the car was good, qualified good and ran up front all night. We really had a good time tonight. This is the same car that I ran a few weeks ago at ORP (in Indianapolis) and it seems to be doing pretty good. We were able to stay up front most of the night and stay out of the trouble. We were just a little bit tight on a long runs, but not too bad. I tell you, the car drove really great. Our Camping World Chevy has been really good the last few weeks and we’ve got the finish to show for it and got the pole. Hopefully we can go to Memphis in a few weeks when I drive again and get a win. I’m pretty sure Kevin (Harvick, his car co-owner) will get us a couple (of victories) before the year is out. Overall, I’m really excited with the finish and hopefully it’ll pay off for me next year.”

In his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” Gale took the green flag for the Food City 250 from the pole position and quickly settled in, leading the first 17 laps.

Gale settled in to the second position before the first caution on lap 19. The team stayed out under the yellow and restarted on lap 22 in second place.

Gale pitted under the second caution of the night on lap 89, leading another lap on pit road. The team changed four tires and added fuel. Gale told crew chief Rick Ren the car was “not bad, but got a little tight at the end of the run.” While under the caution, Kevin Harvick, KHI team co-owner and four-time Nationwide Series winner at Bristol, took the time to give Gale some pointers about how to get in the corners, a few words of encouragement and adding to keep up the good work. Gale restarted in the second position on lap 93.

Gale was scored in the fifth position on lap 137, his lowest running spot all night. The team made their last pit stop on lap 189 while under caution. Gale told Ren the car was good and he wanted no changes, just four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel.

Gale crossed the finish line on lap 250 in the fourth position, a Nationwide Series career-best finish, and earned the honor of top finishing Raybestos Rookie of the Race.

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