Kimmel on pole at Kentucky

Frank Kimmel continued his run of success at the Kentucky Speedway today, winning the pole for Saturday's Channel 5 205 race by more than of a second. Kimmel's fast lap of 31.980 seconds (168.856 mph.) was more than a full second slower than the...

Frank Kimmel continued his run of success at the Kentucky Speedway today, winning the pole for Saturday's Channel 5 205 race by more than of a second. Kimmel's fast lap of 31.980 seconds (168.856 mph.) was more than a full second slower than the ARCA track record, still held by David Keith, the polesitter for the first ARCA race at the 1.5-mile oval in July 2000.

For defending ARCA Champion Kimmel, from nearby Jeffersonville, IN, this was the third pole at Kentucky. He will be racing for his fourth win at the Sparta, Kentucky track in his familiar orange Ford Taurus. "We always expect to do well here." Kimmel is the ARCA ReMax Series points leader with win last week in Toledo and top-5 finishes in all five 2003 races.

Qualifying second today was Matt Hagans (32.491 seconds/166.200 mph) of Brownsburg, IN. Hagans, a part-time ARCA competitor, was third-fastest in the Friday afternoon practice session, but was able to improve the Dodge Intrepid for qualifying. "Most of the other cars were loose in practice, ours was tight. We freed it up a bit and were still stable," he explained after his run.

Brent Sherman will start third in the Saturday feature race in a Ford Taurus, qualifying just a tick slower than Hagans at 32.567 seconds (165.812 mph.) Sherman is running the full ARCA season, and currently holds 5th place in the standings. He said: "I am very happy with third and excited about my best career ARCA start. Now I need to back it up tomorrow." Chicago-area resident Sherman hopes to top his best ARCA finish this weekend as well, a third place at Nashville Speedway in early April.

Disappointed in fourth place was Kyle Busch. The younger brother of hot young NASCAR star driver Kurt, had been a close second to Kimmel in practice and had hoped to join Kimmel on the front row, but could not coax the Rick Hendrick-owned Chevy Monte Carlo to go as fast as it had in the earlier session. The Las Vegas native turned a lap of 32.629 seconds (165.497 mph), and will be trying for his second win of 2003 in as many starts.

Shelby Howard was the fifth qualifier tonight at 32.747 seconds (164.901 mph.) Howard won at Nashville and is currently 7th in the ARCA points. Also starting in the top ten will be Jason Jarrett, Deborah Renshaw, Mark Gibson, AJ Henrickson and Michael Simko.

Persistent rains in the area had the track very "green" for today's qualifying laps, and several drivers failed to record times when spins interrupted their runs. Most dramatic was the turn 3 spin by former NFL coach Jerry Glanville. Glanville backed into the wall and ruptured his car's fuel cell. The crash and resulting flames destroyed his car, but Glanville suffered no serious injuries. He was transported to an area hospital for observation.

Four other drivers spun into the Kentucky Speedway walls attempting to qualify. Josh Weston, Jimmy Henderson, Bob Strait and Burt Ingle each got loose on their first hot lap and backed into a wall. None of them were able to record a time but all four were checked and cleared at the track's infield care center.

Two more drivers spun during their runs: Vern Slaugh and Jamie Mosley, but both drivers missed the wall and both recorded times. Slaugh will start 22nd and Mosley 24th.

The Channel 5-205 will get the green flag at 8pm on Saturday if the predicted rainstorms blow through earlier in the day.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Jason Jarrett , Shelby Howard , Brent Sherman , Deborah Renshaw , Matt Hagan , Kyle Busch