TOLEDO, Ohio – Michael Self stormed to the pole for Sunday’s ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief PowerPEX200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway during qualifying on Saturday.
Self, who won earlier in the season at Five Flags Speedway and Salem Speedway, turned a quick lap of 15.777 seconds (114.090 mph) with the No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota to earn his second career General Tire Pole Award and his first on a short track.
“This is my third career pole in something like one hundred career races,” Self joked afterwards. “We definitely can credit the driver; I am not the greatest qualifier by any means, but all the credit goes to my Venturini Motorsports guys. They bust their butts to get these cars right.
“I wasn’t comfortable here when we tested and they got to work and made the changes we needed and got us the pole.”
Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota) qualified second after being fastest in practice earlier in the afternoon.
Last year’s General Tire Pole Award winner at Toledo will start alongside Self on the front row after turning a lap at 15.781 seconds (114.061 mph).
Christian Eckes and the No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota gave Venturini Motorsports a top-three sweep with a lap of 15.826 seconds (113.737 mph).
Ty Gibbs qualified fourth at 15.864 seconds (113.536 mph). The grandson of NFL Hall of Fame coach and legendary NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs has started his ARCA career with two runner-up finishes at Five Flags and Nashville and a sixth-place run at Salem.
Bret Holmes rounded out the top five at 15.873 seconds (113.400 mph), followed by teenager Corey Heim, Carson Hocevar, Travis Braden, Sam Mayer and Tanner Gray.