Drew Herring Hoping Iowa Pole Will Create More Racing Opportunitiesby Kyle Pokrefky May 20, 2015 0 comments
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NEWTON, Iowa — Despite taking the pole for Sunday’s 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway during qualifying on Saturday afternoon, Drew Herring will be watching the race from the sidelines.
Substituting for Erik Jones, who in turn was on standby for Kyle Busch in Charlotte, Herring ripped up the track during qualifying with a lap of 23.439 seconds to claim his second career pole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Last turning laps in a race car in November of 2013, Herring, 28, entered Saturday seeking to make the most of the opportunity handed to him for the day.
In his pinch hit situation, he ended up blasting a home run.
With his newly-acquired Coors Light Pole Award, Herring is hopeful that his Saturday accomplishment will open the door to more opportunities down the road.
“I don’t know, we’ll see; it definitely could,” Herring said regarding his pole potentially setting him up for a return to a race car. “I think any time you can go out and show you have speed, especially after sitting on the shelf for a year and a half, it seems pretty good I guess. I don’t know, we’ll see what everybody else thinks.
“I hope so, I hope it turns into some more rides and more opportunities to get onto the race track. Seat time is big and if I could get another opportunity to where I can get some repetition on a weekly basis, I think we could do some great things and probably turn even some more heads.”
Handing the reins of the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota over to Erik Jones for Sunday’s race, Herring states that coming in as a substitute for the team for practice and qualifying is a bit of a tough pill to swallow.
When asked if going from winning the pole to is ‘cruel’ in any sort of way, the Benson, N.C. offered the following.
“I guess, in a way,” Herring stated. “I’m a competitor first and foremost. I think being as competitive as I am, that makes it a lot tougher to get in and do this. At the same time, it’s an opportunity and I want to make the most of this opportunity and we definitely did that.
“Any time you get the opportunity to get in a car and run laps, especially with a car as great as [what] the JGR group has right now, it’s something that you want to get in and take advantage of to try to get more of those chances to get behind the wheel.
“As cruel as it may be, it’s a lot better than sitting home on the couch, that’s for sure.”
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