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ARCA Qualifying at Illinois State Fairgrounds Canceled, Jesse Love on Pole

Due to overnight rain, ARCA Menards Series qualifying at the Illinois State Fairgrounds has been canceled. As a result, the field was set via owners’ points as per the rule book. Jesse Love became the beneficiary, as he will start first in the Atlas 100 on Sunday (Aug. 21).

Love will lead the 21 drivers to the green flag at the 1-mile dirt track also known as the Springfield Mile. No drivers failed to qualify for this event.

It’s Love’s second time starting first in an ARCA event this year, also winning the pole at Iowa Speedway, but he is still searching for his first ARCA victory of 2022.

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Series points leader Nick Sanchez will start second. Sanchez finished runner-up in the series’ most recent race, two days ago, at Watkins Glen International.

Sammy Smith, Daniel Dye and Rajah Caruth round out the starting top five in third through fifth place, respectively.

Of the starting top five drivers, only Love has previously competed in an ARCA dirt track event.

Making his main ARCA debut, Buddy Kofoid will start sixth.

Greg Van Alst, Toni Breidinger, six-time ARCA dirt track winner Ken Schrader and Amber Balcaen will start seventh through 10th, respectively.

Of note, 2020 Springfield Mile ARCA victor Ryan Unzicker starts second to last (20th).

ARCA Starting Lineup at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

The Atlas 100 is slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by MAVTV Motorsports Network and available on FloRacing.

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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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