LONG POND, Pa. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Kyle Larson, in search of additional seat time at Pocono Raceway, will start on the pole for Saturday’s Pocono ARCA 200 after winning the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell Friday afternoon.
Larson will be making his third career ARCA start.
“Running in the ARCA series is always a lot of fun,” Larson said. “I got to race in the series at Michigan, which was my first real big track and Daytona last year. There’s a lot of the big tracks in the ARCA series, it seems.”
Larson, in the No. 4 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet, turned his lap at 169.472 mph. Brennan Poole was behind the wheel of the No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota for Venturini Motorsports and qualified second. He is not expected to be in Saturday’s race, however, as John Wes Townley will most likely be back in the car after fulfilling his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series duties tonight in Texas. Townley would have to start at the back of the field.
Justin Allison, Mason Mitchell and Austin Wayne Self also had top five qualifying times Friday with 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel starting sixth and his nephew, Will Kimmel, starting seventh.
Matt Tifft, point leader Grant Enfinger and Cody Coughlin round out the top 10 starters. Tifft and Coughlin are 17-year-olds who are allowed to race at Pocono despite it being a superspeedway because they tested Wednesday and received ARCA approval.o the race tomorrow.”