Chris Buescher On Pole for Menards 200 at Toledo (TOLEDO, Ohio) - Another lap around Toledo Speedway for Chris Buescher has moved the Roulo Brothers one step closer to discovering some familiar magic in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX...
Chris Buescher On Pole for Menards 200 at Toledo
(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Another lap around Toledo Speedway for Chris Buescher has moved the Roulo Brothers one step closer to discovering some familiar magic in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards.
Buescher, 17, drove the No. 17 David Ragan Fan Club/Shriners Ford around the 0.5-mile Toledo Speedway oval in just 15.948 seconds (112.867 mph) Saturday to capture the top spot in qualifying for Sunday's Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care.
Buescher was the only of 32 drivers entered to break the 16-second mark, and his lap came just short of the track record of 15.86 seconds, set by Justin Lofton in 2008.
The Texas native had already topped the chart earlier in the day by driving the fastest lap in the weekend's lone practice.
"It was real good, real solid," Buescher said. "We did some mock qualifying runs there toward the end of practice. We got pretty close to where we felt we needed to be. It actually picked up a lot from where it was."
Buescher and the Roulo Brothers were on site at Toledo Speedway Sunday and Monday to shake down the No. 17 Ford. In all, Buescher felt the test session was impactful.
"(Testing) was huge, especially with it being overcast. We had a lot of clouds in the sky and we were able to judge off that. Unfortunately, tomorrow, we'll be out in the sun. That helped us a lot in qualifying though," he said.
Indeed, the threat of rain returned to northern Ohio after blanketing the area for much of the last week. Light sprinkles temporarily halted the qualifying session after just 11 drivers had attempted a lap.
Matt Crafton, the 11th driver and last to turn a lap before the light shower, qualified the No. 88 Messina Wildlife Management/Menards Ford seventh in advance of his first ARCA Racing Series start.
"The rain definitely didn't help us," Crafton said, only hours after arriving in Toledo after a late NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It was fine. We'll race good. I was real happy with it in race trim."
The Menards 200 may not be the first thing on Crafton's mind, though, especially after the early morning flight from North Carolina.
"I'm tired," he said. "I'm ready to get some sleep."
Mikey Kile's lap of 16.106 seconds (111.760 mph) helped his No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota to the second spot on the board, the same position he held in practice. Adjustments, he said, will be instrumental to success in Sunday's 100-mile race.
"We'll just tighten it up getting into the corner. We gave some away there," Kile said. "We were a little free in practice, and we put some wedge in it. That helped. I still have a pretty consistent car for the race. I'm looking forward to it. We'll just make a few minor adjustments - and dig."
Ken Schrader, who in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet is making his first ARCA Racing Series start of 2010, qualified third with a lap of 16.115 seconds (111.697 mph). In an interesting link, Schrader's first of four ARCA wins at Toledo came in 1997 - with none other than the Roulo Brothers.
"Third is better than what we've been up here," Schrader said. "We'll take it. We think we've got a good race car."
Asked whether he was pleased to be back within ARCA walls, Schrader gave a concise, convincing response.
Talladega winner Dakoda Armstrong qualified fourth and was followed by points leader Justin Marks. Craig Goess was sixth, and Steve Arpin, Frank Kimmel, and Tom Hessert followed Crafton to round out the top 10.
Patrick Sheltra, currently third in points, qualified 18th.
The Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care will take the green flag Sunday, with live audio broadcast coverage provided by the BAS Racing Network on ARCARacing.com.
Live Menards 200 coverage from DC Bash and the BAS Racing Network begins with a pre-race show at 1:30 p.m. Race coverage from the 0.5-mile Toledo Speedway starts at 2 p.m., with the green flag slated to fly at 2:08 p.m.
Spectator gates and ticket sales for the Menards 200 will open at 10:30 a.m., and an on-track autograph session featuring the entire starting ARCA Racing Series field is scheduled to take place from noon-1 p.m.
Toledo Speedway is located at 5639 Benore Road in northeast Toledo, just off I-75 and Alexis Road. More information is available by calling (419) 727-1100, or by visiting ARCARacing.com.