Harrison Burton Earns Pocono ARCA Pole

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Harrison Burton will start Friday's ARCA Menards Series race at Pocono Raceway from the pole. (ARCA Photo)
Harrison Burton will start Friday's ARCA Menards Series race at Pocono Raceway from the pole. (ARCA Photo)

LONG POND, Pa. – Harrison Burton had the fastest speed in Friday afternoon’s ARCA Menards Series practice at Pocono Raceway, earning the pole for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 as a result.

Qualifying, which was scheduled for earlier in the afternoon Friday, was canceled because of poor track conditions. As a result, the starting field was set by practice speeds in Friday’s abbreviated practice session.

Burton’s 52.820-second lap at 170.390 mph put him on the pole for Friday’s race. He is the defending champion of the race.

“It was a little different because we had the mindset that we were going to practice and then qualify, but then it turns out that we’re only going to practice but it counts as qualifying,” Burton said. “Everyone was mocked up to get the fastest lap they could so it wasn’t like a normal practice session.”

Burton’s plan for Friday is simple: lead all 200 miles and pick up his second win of the season.

“We’d like to go out and lead every lap,” said Burton, who won the season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway. “That’s always the idea. It’s hard to do with pit stops and cautions, but that’s what we’re planning. If we get shuffled back on pit road we’re not going to get discouraged we’re just going to work our way back up to the front as quickly we can.”

Riley Herbst, the 2017 race winner, was second fastest and will start second Friday afternoon. Michael Self, Hailie Deegan and Ty Majeski will start third through fifth, respectively.

Joe Graf Jr., Raphael Lessard, Cole Glasson, Christian Eckes and Bret Holmes rounded out the top-10.