Win-Tron Racing's Andy Hanson Earns SIM Factory Pole Award at Toledo: Shatters Track Record Andy Hanson wasted no time in acclimating himself with ARCA RE/MAX Series racecars at Toledo Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Hanson, in his career...
Win-Tron Racing's Andy Hanson Earns SIM Factory Pole Award at Toledo: Shatters Track Record
Andy Hanson wasted no time in acclimating himself with ARCA RE/MAX Series racecars at Toledo Speedway on Saturday afternoon.
Hanson, in his career first series attempt, earned the SIM Factory pole award and shattered a track record set by Frank Kimmel in 2001. He sits alongside NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader for Sunday's Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.
"I'm thrilled about this opportunity at Toledo Speedway with Win-Tron Racing," said Hanson, who became the first ARCA RE/MAX Series polesitter to break the 15 second barrier at Toledo Speedway. "We knew we had a good car in practice and we made a few tweaks to make it even a little bit better. I owe a lot of thanks to the Win-Tron racing bunch and especially my sponsors for giving me this opportunity. We hope to make an impression in tomorrow's race that will provide the opportunity to come back and race again."
In all, 13 drivers surpassed the previous track record, which was set by Kimmel in 2001, the last time that the track was freshly paved. This weekend, the drivers qualified on the newly developed Hoosier Tire Short Track Radial, a change from the bias ply tires used on ARCA RE/MAX Series short tracks in previous years.
With six of 21 events completed this season, there has not been a repeat pole winner or race winner in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition this year. Hanson is one of four first-time SIM Factory Pole Award Winners this season.
Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton starts third on Sunday, alongside teammate and Formula One veteran Scott Speed.
Parma, Michigan's Brian Tyler qualified the No. 39 Roulo Brothers Ford on behalf of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star David Ragan, posting the fifth-fastest time. Ragan will start Sunday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race from the rear of the field as a result of the driver change.
The Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care rolls off at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, marking the first of two appearances that the nationally touring ARCA RE/MAX Series will make to Toledo Speedway this season. Tickets are available by calling the track (419) 727-1100.