Brian Ickler Earns Menards Pole Presented by Ansell at Kentucky; Pulling Double Duty this Weekend SPARTA, Kentucky (July 18, 2009)- Brian Ickler broke the ARCA RE/MAX Series' one-lap track record at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday...
Brian Ickler Earns Menards Pole Presented by Ansell at Kentucky; Pulling Double Duty this Weekend
SPARTA, Kentucky (July 18, 2009)- Brian Ickler broke the ARCA RE/MAX Series' one-lap track record at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday afternoon, earning his career first Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell, but will start Saturday night's Click It or Ticket. Buckle Up Kentucky 150 from the rear of the field for making unapproved adjustments to the No. 51 BrianIckler.com Toyota.
Ickler's first lap qualifying time of 30.126 seconds (179.247 mph) eclipsed the track's previous ARCA record of 30.213 seconds (178.730 mph) set by Erin Crocker in 2007.
Ickler, who is the only driver at Kentucky Speedway competing in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series races this weekend, was not as fortunate during his second qualifying lap, as he lost a gear in his No. 51 BrianIckler.com Toyota and a trail of smoke poured out of his ARCA RE/MAX Series Toyota on the backstretch as he circled the 1.5-mile speedway. The team, led by crew chief Joe Shear, will make a transmission change while Ickler competes in tonight's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. As a result of making mechanical changes to the car during impound, Ickler will start tonight's ARCA RE/MAX Series Click It or Ticket. Buckle Up Kentucky 150 from the rear of the field. The race rolls off immediately following tonight's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky and is live on SPEED.
Ickler was not the only driver with problems during qualifying. ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year contender Joey Coulter rolled out a back-up car following his Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell run after making contact with the turn two wall in his No. 16 Darrell Gwynn Foundation-Tempest Cycles Chevrolet during his first and only qualifying lap. He will start tonight's Click It or Ticket. Buckle Up Kentucky 150 using a provisional just one week after earning his career first Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Iowa Speedway.
Jesus Hernandez, in a No. 56 GC Pollex & Associates-Lavender Boutique Chevrolet owned by Martin Truex, Jr., qualified 12th fastest with a 30.807-second lap (175.285 mph) but made contact with the turn two wall during his second lap of qualifying. There was significant damage to his Chevrolet, and with no back-up car, the driver will be unable to start tonight's ARCA RE/MAX Series race.
Charlie Vest spun the No. 1 LoanMax Ford before taking the green flag during his qualifying run. The Ocoee, Florida driver made the race using a provisional and will start from the rear of the field for changing tires during the impound period.
Craig Goess, who qualified 11th in the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of NC Toyota (30.765 seconds/175.524 mph) will also drop to the rear of the field at the start of Saturday night's Click It or Ticket. Buckle Up Kentucky 150 as his Eddie Sharp Racing Team, led by crew chief Patrick Donahue, is making an engine change prior to race time.
Current ARCA RE/MAX Series point leader Parker Kligerman, the 18-year-old rookie, qualified second in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge with a 30.215 second/178.719 mph lap, just missing the track record. Brad Reithmeyer qualified third in the No. 32 Wolfpack Rentals Toyota and Josh Richards qualified fourth in the No. 25 Valvoline-Gunters Honey-Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet. Justin Lofton was fifth, followed by JR Heffner, Frank Kimmel, Brad Sweet, Grant Enfinger and Mikey Kile.
Saturday's Click It or Ticket. Buckle-Up Kentucky 150, which follows the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, is live on SPEED and marks the 19th appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Kentucky Speedway since 2000. In addition to SPEED's coverage of the race, live timing and scoring and live audio of the all ARCA on-track activity will be available at www.arcaracing.com.