Arpin Earns Career-1st Pole on Springfield Dirt (SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - August 22, 2010) - Steve Arpin set the pace during the one-hour practice session this morning on the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt oval in Springfield, and then backed...
Arpin Earns Career-1st Pole on Springfield Dirt
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - August 22, 2010) - Steve Arpin set the pace during the one-hour practice session this morning on the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt oval in Springfield, and then backed that up by turning the fastest lap during Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell.
Arpin, in the Mike's Hard Lemonade Toyota, became the 12th different fast qualifier in 14 ARCA Racing Series events in 2010, earning his first career Menards Pole Award.
Arpin turned a fast lap of 34.132 seconds, for an average speed of 102.471 mph.
"Since we unloaded the guys have had an awesome racecar," said Arpin. "We were on top of the board in practice after our first run out. We made a couple changes to it throughout practice, and the team just made an awesome call. They made some last minute tire pressure adjustments during qualifying and the car was good. The track slicked up so much out there that coming out of four to the finish line I was like, 'God, this isn't going to be a pole run,' and the next thing you know Billy was yelling in my ear. The car is going to be awesome when the track rubbers up and picks up later in the day."
Mikey Kile made it an all Venturini Motorsports front row when the Westlake, La. driver qualified second at 101.865 mph.
"We had a good qualifying draw; I think that helped out with it being cooler," Kile said. "We only got like 18 minutes of practice, so we didn't know what we would run. I used to run dirt modifieds like 12 years ago, so it was mainly about getting familiar with the track today. We went out there and ran a pretty good lap. I thought it was going to hold up until my teammate bumped me off, but that's pretty good. A Venturini Motorsports front row, so it's kind of cool. Looking forward to the race."
Ron Cox, of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., qualified third in the No. 23 Dan Shaver Memorial Scholarship Chevrolet. Cox, who finished second in last year's Allen Crowe 100, qualified with a speed of 101.161 mph.
"I wanted to sit on the pole, but the track changed so much and I wasn't ready for it during qualifying," said Cox. "We'll take the third. I just love this place. It's been good to me the last two or three years. Maybe we'll get a win today."
The racing surface was very heavy as the practice session began at 9 a.m. after the fairgrounds clay oval had been inundated by heavy rains Friday. The saturated infield forced event and State Fair Officials to cancel the Saturday USAC Silver Crown event. Expert track preparation allowed the ARCA Racing Series activities to begin on time.
ARCARacing.com will have live Timing and Scoring and live audio coverage of this afternoon's 48th annual Allen Crowe 100 from the Illinois State Fairgrounds via the ARCA Racing Network beginning with pre-race and driver introductions. The race is expected to get the green flag shortly after 1 p.m. Central.