Michigan: Craig Goess qualifying report

Craig Goess Continues Week of Firsts; Nabs First ARCA Racing Series Pole at Michigan Brooklyn, Mich. (June 10, 2010) - Coming off his first ARCA Racing Series victory Saturday at Pocono Raceway, Craig Goess continued his success Thursday by ...

Craig Goess Continues Week of Firsts; Nabs First ARCA Racing Series Pole at Michigan

Brooklyn, Mich. (June 10, 2010) - Coming off his first ARCA Racing Series victory Saturday at Pocono Raceway, Craig Goess continued his success Thursday by earning the pole position for the Racing For Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

In the No. 81 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota of Greenville N.C., Goess laid down a quick lap of 38.49 seconds (187.062 mph), turning the 2-mile track quickest of 42 drivers.

"We knew we had a pretty fast car when we tested in May, and we were toward the top of the board all day today," said Goess.

Goess also topped the boards during practice Thursday morning, with a time of 39.010 seconds (184.568 mph).

In six days, Goess earned his first win at Pocono Saturday, topped the charts in practice Thursday morning and won his first pole award Thursday afternoon.

"The first pole is awesome, especially after the win we had last week." Goess explained. "We are at a big track with the companion race here this weekend, which is fun to have so many eyes on us. I really look forward to tomorrow."

The team tested at MIS in May, and Goess showed his quickness when he topped the morning session of the ARCA Racing Series open test, and finished third quickest overall.

Goess' ESR teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. also had a successful day. Piquet, starting in his third ARCA Racing Series event, turned the Michigan oval in 39.041 seconds (184.422 mph). The Brazilian driver will begin the race in the fifth position in the No. 6 Qualcomm-ESR Development Toyota

-source: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. , Craig Goess