Pocono: Series qualifying report

Mikey Kile Captures First Career ARCA Pole at Pocono (LONG POND, Pa.) - Mikey Kile followed up on his leading performance in ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards practice Friday to win the Menards Pole Award Presented by Ansell for...

Mikey Kile Captures First Career ARCA Pole at Pocono

(LONG POND, Pa.) - Mikey Kile followed up on his leading performance in ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards practice Friday to win the Menards Pole Award Presented by Ansell for the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway.

Kile will start from the pole for the first time in his career after a lap of 53.870 seconds (167.069 mph) in the No. 25 Sears Auto Center/DieHard Toyota positioned him nearly a full second and almost three miles per hour over the second position. Kile's Venturini Motorsports car is the same one driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano to victory at the triangular oval one year ago.

"We ran a ninety (53.977) in practice and were hoping to back that up. We went off into Turn 1 and it felt really tight, but I feel like we got off of it really well," Kile said. "We went into the tunnel turn (Turn 2) and felt pretty good, and then came off of 4, I guess you could call it 3 or 4 (the track's third turn), really free, and we backed it up.

"The car's real fast in race trim. It drives really well, and we're really looking forward to the race."

Frank Kimmel fell just short of the pole which would have left him only one short of Iggy Katona on the all-time pole chart, but qualified second with a lap of 54.723 seconds (164.465 mph) in the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford.

"We didn't get to do a mock qualifying run at all in practice today, so all in all, to be in the top three, we're happy with that," Kimmel said.

Craig Goess drove the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota to the third position with a lap of 54.737 seconds (164.423 mph) after finishing second in practice. Goess was pleased with his lap, especially when considering what could have been.

"I thought we were going to have a better lap than that. We went into Turn 1 and it was just extremely loose and we had to chase the car and really pedal the throttle to get back on it," Goess said. "When we came in, we had equalized (experienced an unusual difference of pressure in) an inner liner in the right rear tire, and luckily we didn't wreck the car. The tire was about six pounds of pressure higher than it should have been. All that considered, it really wasn't a bad lap, running with a tire like that."

Kimmel was quick to praise the fast lap laid down by Kile and the No. 25 car.

"Craig and I are going to be the best 'B division' racers, with Mikey running so fast, so let's hope he doesn't lap us in 30 or 40 laps," he said. "He had a great run."

Indeed, if Kile and Kimmel maintained their qualifying speeds throughout Saturday's Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200, Kile would lap the field by the 65th of 80 laps, a fact which speaks to his tremendous time trial speed.

Chad Finley (No. 29 Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet) qualified fourth for just his second ARCA Racing Series race of 2010, and was followed by Justin Marks (No. 32 Construct Corps Toyota) in fifth.

Series points leader Patrick Sheltra drove the No. 60 Recycling Services/Ferguson Pipe Toyota to the sixth position, matching his practice effort, and Joey Coulter (No. 16 RipIt Energy/Darrell Gwynn Foundation/Tempest Cycles Chevrolet), Tim George Jr. (No. 31 RCR Development Chevrolet), Bobby Gerhart (No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet), and Chad McCumbee (No. 1 ModSpace/Red Cross Disaster Relief Ford) completed the top 10.

Chase Mattioli, grandson of Pocono Raceway patriarchs Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli, qualified 15th for his first start in the No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford. Nick Igdalsky, also a grandson to the Mattiolis and the senior vice president of the track, qualified 23rd in the No. 14 ModSpace/Disaster Relief Ford.

Two incidents slowed the qualifying session, as Alli Owens crashed in the No. 15 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet and Robb Brent lost the engine in the No. 36 Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dodge. Brent will start 33rd and Owens 35th with provisional stating spots.

The 80-lap, 200-mile Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200.begins at 1 p.m. ET tomorrow, with tape-delayed television coverage provided by SPEED at 4 p.m. ET. Live audio broadcast coverage will be provided over the Web at ARCARacing.com.

-source: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Bobby Gerhart , Justin Marks , Chad Finley , Darrell Gwynn , Chad McCumbee , Robb Brent , Joey Logano , Tim George Jr. , Patrick Sheltra , Alli Owens , Mikey Kile , Craig Goess , Chase Mattioli , Joey Coulter , Nick Igdalsky