SALEM, Ind. – When Justin Boston took the checkered flag to win the pole for Sunday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Crosley Radio, crew chief Billy Venturini immediately started passing out high five’s and handshakes from his seat above the pit box for the 25 team.
“I think having him on the pit box elevates this team and our whole group,” Boston said while accepting the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell. “I think it’s exactly what the ZLOOP team needs.”
Venturini, who won here in 2006 as a driver and has two wins as a crew chief at Salem, was excited for Boston.
“It is so important for Justin to sit on the pole here,” he said. “He’s such a raw race car driver. He is going to be really good. He is more impressive every time out.”
Boston won the pole in impressive fashion, nosing out Venturini Motorsports teammate Kyle Benjamin by .004 seconds. Anderson Bowen will start third, John Wes Townley fourth and Mason Mingus fifth.
“We’ve been neck and neck here,” Boston said of himself and Benjamin. “He edged me out at the test and I went and watched the video of that. After the qualifying lap he had, I didn’t know if I could top that.”
Benjamin thought he might have his first pole award after his qualifying lap.