BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Alan Kulwicki took the pole with a track record yesterday at Bristol International Raceway in qualifying for tomorrow's Food City 500.
Kulwicki circled the .533-mile oval at 122.474 mph. The previous qualifying record, 120.278 mph, was set in 1989 by Mark Martin.
Brett Bodine got the outside pole position with a speed of 121.659 mph. Rusty Wallace, who won last year's spring race, was third with a speed of 120.915.
"We were good here when we unloaded," said Kulwicki, who won last fall's race at Bristol.
"We just tuned the car up a little bit better. The track's in good condition. If it stays like this, it will be great."
Drivers had predicted a track record would be set this weekend because the banked oval has been repaved since last fall's race. Some drivers said the unseasonably cool weather also would result in quicker times.
Brazilian Grand Prix
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Nigel Mansell of Britain set a track record and captured the provisional pole as time trial began.
Mansell won the first two Formula One races of the season, in South Africa and Mexico.
Driving a Williams-Renault, he was timed in 1 minute, 15.703 seconds for his best lap around the twisting 2.58-mile Interlagos track. The old mark was 1:16.392, set by Brazilian Ayrton Senna last year.
NHRA Winston Invitational
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Eddie Hill set a Rockingham Dragway track record in taking the first-day qualifying lead in drag racing's official all-star event.
Hill drove his Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster to a time of 4.919 seconds at 287.44 mph on the second of two allowed qualifying runs.