Phoenix…It was a banner day for NASCAR Winston West competitor Scott Lynch as he powered his No. 08 Yerf-Dog sponsored Dodge to his very first career pole in the Bosch Spark Plug 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hitting a fast lap time of 28.229 for a speed of 127.528 mph, Lynch managed to ace out top-ranked Winston Cup driver Kenny Schraeder and Busch North driver Matt Kobyluck.
"This is totally awesome," smiled Lynch. "I couldn't be more pleased. What a rush and what a great way to start the 2003 NASCAR Winston West season. The Orleans race crew gave me a fantastic piece. We ran strong in practice yesterday and today and I knew our chances were good. It was pretty much up to me. The times were extremely close, but obviously luck was on my side and we managed to pull it out."
In his first full year of NASCAR Winston West competition, Lynch and Lynch Mob Motorsports are looking to earn Rookie of the Year honors and the 2003 Winston West title. "This is my year to really prove myself," explains Lynch, who is a senior at the University of Utah. For this first event we were lucky enough to be able to work with Orleans Racing, winners of the 2000 and 2001 Winston West Championship. Our plan is to follow in their footsteps and they will be giving us some help and pointers throughout the season. I certainly couldn't ask for any better and utilizing their expertise, especially that of crew chief Shane Wilson and the ability of our engine builder Kevin Kroyer should hold us in good stead throughout the year."
While entering his rookie year, Lynch is no newcomer to Winston West. In fact, last year, running five out of ten events, he served notice on the competition, taking the win at the final event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, plus earning two top fives and four top 10 finishes.
An outstanding young competitor in the fast paced arena of stock car racing, one look at Scott Lynch tells how much he wants to win. "That's what it is all about, he says. "Second place just won't do…not for me…not for Lynch Motorsports…and not for Yerf-Dog. They have established themselves as a leader in their industry and now we intend to establish them as first in the NASCAR Winston West arena."