By seven one-thousands of a second, Sammy Smith edged ahead of Jesse Love for the ARCA Menards Series pole at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday (July 29). Smith will lead the 24-car field to the green flag for the Reese’s 200.
It’s the fourth pole award of Smith’s ARCA career. Smith, the reigning ARCA Menards Series East champion, has already won twice this ARCA season.
Love qualified second ahead of his first ARCA start at IRP.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff driver Chandler Smith qualified third. Driving the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, Smith has won back-to-back ARCA races at IRP.
Taylor Gray enters IRP with back-to-back ARCA victories this season. Gray will start fourth.
Of the 24 competitors, Zachary Tinkle was the only driver not to make a qualifying attempt. Tinkle will start dead last (24th) with zero DNQs.
The Reese’s 200 will begin later on Friday at 6 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by FOX Sports 1 (FS1).
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Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.
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