Goess Takes Third Menards Pole Award in 2010 (SALEM, Ind. - September 18, 2010) - Craig Goess drove the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota to the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell for a series-leading third time this season, completing...
Goess Takes Third Menards Pole Award in 2010
(SALEM, Ind. - September 18, 2010) - Craig Goess drove the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota to the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell for a series-leading third time this season, completing a lap around the 0.555-mile Salem Speedway in 17.096 seconds (116.869 mph). Goess blitzed the field, running smoothly through the difficult third and fourth turns on the high-banked oval where others wobbled. His lap topped Justin Marks' effort in the No. 32 Construct Corps Dodge by 0.211 second.
"It felt good. I was really just trying to stay focused on getting the pole, and those two laps were almost like a blur," Goess said. "I gave it everything I had, and luckily, my guys gave me a good car. They deserve as much credit, if not more, than I do. They gave me everything I had, and I kept the car underneath us."
Goess and his Eddie Sharp Racing team assumed the top spot in the championship standings by earning 15 bonus points.
"This is what we have to do. We have to get the pole in the next race, at Kansas, and we need the next one. As tight as this race is, and as good as the guys are that we're competing against, we need to get everything," Goess said.
Marks mentioned that his car was possibly the best he's ever entered at Salem.
"I was a little nervous after practice, because the car was kind of tight and the track was tightening up, but it seems like everyone's fighting the same thing," Marks said. "This is one of my favorite short tracks, and it's really cool to be starting up front."
Tom Hessert (No. 77 Cherry Hill Classic Cars Dodge) qualified third to earn five bonus points. Hessert trails Goess by 20 points and Patrick Sheltra, who qualified ninth, by 10.
"It's a great start for us, for tonight and long-term, for the championship hunt. It's crucial," Hessert said. "With that being said, it's unfortunate that we lost some ground to Craig and the 81 team, but 200 laps here is a long time. I'll try to keep it under me and come out of here with another top-10 finish."
Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford) will start fourth and Steve Arpin (No. 55 Mike's Hard Pink Lemonade Toyota) will start fifth.
The green flag will drop on the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic 200 at 7:15 p.m., with live timing and scoring and live audio presented by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at ARCARacing.com.