Trackside Now: GAS Early Bird 100 at Birmingham
Fleeman on GAS Pole, Brazier on SLM Pin
Saturday 6:30pm CT - Russell Fleeman was quite a bit faster than the rest of the Georgia Asphalt Series field in final practice Saturday afternoon and he backed it up in time trials Saturday evening.  Fleeman was nearly three-tenths of a second faster than second-place qualifier, Jimmy GarmonMatt Hawkins, Michael Pope and Bubba Pollard rounded out the top-five in GAS qualifying.

The track is now down until the first feature green flag at 1pm Sunday.
In addition to the 23 GAS machines in the BIR pit area, 18 Super Late Models, who will participate in their season-opening 100 lap event to kick off the Birmingham Super Series Sunday prior to the GAS feature, are on hand as well.

Paul Kelley set fast time in the first GAS practice session, followed by rookie Kyle FowlerMichael Pope, Jimmy Garmon and Joey Senter rounded out the top-five in practice.  Both the GAS and SLM drivers have another joint practice session within the next hour.

Defending GAS Champion Fredrick Moore and Matt Hawkins will be the first two cars to go out for GAS qualifying later this afternoon.

GAS First Practice Results
Top-10
1. Paul Kelley
2. Kyle Fowler
3. Michael Pope
4. Jimmy Garmon
5. Joey Senter
6. Matt Hawkins
7. Hunter Robbins
8. Kevin Stephens
9. Gary Sanford, Jr.
10. Dakota Stroup

GAS Rookie of the Year contender and Legends Car graduate Kyle Fowler has been quick so far at Birmingham.  (51 Photo)
Saturday 4:30pm CT - Johnny Brazier set fast time for the Birmingham Super Series Super Late Model 100.  Brazier, just two months removed from his disqualification from the Snowball Derby victory, was slightly faster than Stephen Davis and Ken McFarland.

GAS time trials are currently on track.  Full SLM time trial results were not available from track officials.

Saturday 2:07pm CT - Russell Fleeman was the fastest GAS driver in the second and final practice session of Saturday.  Fleeman was nearly two-tenths of a second faster than second-fastest Jimmy GarmonPaul Kelley, the fastest timer in the first session, was third-quick in the final session. 

Practice times were not made available for the Birmingham Super Series Super Late Models because they are not utlizing a transponder system.
Saturday 12:45pm CT - Historic Birmingham International Raceway plays host to the season-opening Georgia Asphalt Series race for 2007.  The “Early Bird 100” received more than 60 pre-entries, but only 23 are in the BIR pit area for practice and qualifying day Saturday.  The 100-lap feature will be held on Sunday afternoon.
GAS Second Practice Results
Top-10
1. Russell Fleeman
2. Jimmy Garmon
3. Paul Kelley
4. Bubba Pollard
5. Matt Hawkins
6. Kyle Fowler
7. Michael Pope
8. Joey Senter
9. Gary Sanford, Jr.
10. David Elliott

GAS Early Bird 100 Starting Lineup
1. Russell Fleeman
2. Jimmy Garmon
3. Matt Hawkins
4. Michael Pope
5. Bubba Pollard
6. Gary Sanford
7. Kyle Fowler
8. Dennis Reno
9. Paul Kelley
10. Scotty Ellis
11. Greg Motes
12. David Elliott
13. Taylor Satterfield
14. Joey Senter
15. Shane Nalley
16. Chad Brawn
17. Hunter Robbins
18. David O'Dell
19. Kevin Stephens
20. Scott Dunn
21. Dakota Stroup
22. Roger Delp
23. Fredrick Moore

Russell Fleeman was plenty happy after scoring the pole for the Georgia Asphalt Series season opener Sunday.  (51 Photo)