Sammy Smith won his first career ARCA race at Berlin Raceway last Saturday (June 18), and he follows it up with his second pole of the season at Elko Speedway with a speed of 93.770 mph.
Smith has finished in the top three in all three of his starts this season and will be looking for back-to-back wins when the green flag flies tonight.
Smith will be joined on the outside of the front row by Jesse Love, last year’s winner at Salem Speedway. Making his series debut, Landon Pembelton will start third. Last year’s Berlin winner Daniel Dye was fourth quickest, while six-time ARCA winner Tom Hessert III clocked in fifth after returning to the series last weekend for the first time since 2018.
Phoenix Raceway winner Taylor Gray will start in sixth place, while Toni Breidinger had the seventh-fastest lap. A two-time winner this season, Nick Sanchez rolls off eighth, while Greg Van Alst and Willie Mullins rounded out the top 10. Series points leader Rajah Caruth will start 12th.
All 20 drivers made the 250-lap race at the 0.375-mile short track.
The Menards 250 will take place on Saturday, June 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET, with TV coverage provided by FloRacing and MAVTV.
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