Metcalf leads qualifying for Kentucky

John Metcalf put his Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the pole for Saturday night's ARCA Re/Max series race at the Kentucky, Speedway. Metcalf, from Aurora, Colorado, turned his fast lap of 32.324 seconds, 167.059 mph for his first pole position in ARCA's...

John Metcalf put his Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the pole for Saturday night's ARCA Re/Max series race at the Kentucky, Speedway. Metcalf, from Aurora, Colorado, turned his fast lap of 32.324 seconds, 167.059 mph for his first pole position in ARCA's premier series.

Defending ARCA Re/Max series champion, Frank Kimmel, will start his Ford Taurus on the outside of the front row for the 155-mile race on Kentucky's 1.5-mile oval. Kimmel's lap of 32.419 was a little better than his session-leading practice time, but not enough to knock Metcalf from the top spot. Kimmel dominated the ARCA races at the Sparta, Kentucky track last season, winning both races from the pole position.

Chad Blount made it three car makes in the top three positions, turning a lap of 32.610 in his Dodge Intrepid. Chase Montgomery, who had expected to challenge for one of the front row spots, qualified 17th after a practice crash caused his team to make hurried repairs for qualifying. Previous Kentucky winner and past ARCA champion Tim Steele qualified 8th. Current series points leader, Damon Lusk, qualified 7th.

Metcalf gave credit for his pole run to his car owner, Rick Carelli. "We didn't test here, so we had to work hard to get ready--with Rick Carelli's help, we found the right combination." Metcalf will be seeking his first series win when the green flag waves at 8 pm. tomorrow night.

Kimmel was disappointed to see the end of his Kentucky streak. He said that a conservative approach and the hard compound of the Hoosier spec tires were the reasons for this. Kimmel opined that the change to this year's specified tire was a bigger factor affecting the ARCA cars performance than was the new racing surface applied to the Kentucky track over the winter. "I would like to see what last year's tire would do here," he said.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Chad Blount , Chase Montgomery , Tim Steele , Rick Carelli , Damon Lusk , John Metcalf