Goess Nets $10,000 ARCA Pole Award

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Craig Goess, seen here after winning the ARCA Racing Series event at Pocono Raceway earlier this year, netted three poles to earn the ARCA Racing Series Menards Pole Award this year. (ARCA Racing Series Photo)
Craig Goess, seen here after winning the ARCA Racing Series event at Pocono Raceway earlier this year, netted three poles to earn the ARCA Racing Series Menards Pole Award this year. (ARCA Racing Series Photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Craig Goess used a late-season surge to win the 2010 Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell, the $10,000 reward for most pole positions won in the ARCA Racing Series.

Goess put the No. 81 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota on the pole at Michigan Int’l Speedway in June, the season’s eighth race, and won the Menards Pole Award twice in four weeks at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., and Salem (Ind.) Speedway, bringing his total to three Menards Pole Awards, more than any other driver.

Goess’s two Menards Pole Awards near the end of the season played a key role in his pursuit of the championship. Although Goess finished second in the final series standings, earning 15 bonus qualifying points at Chicagoland Speedway in August and at Salem Speedway in September helped him stay close to eventual series champion Patrick Sheltra.

Goess edged Roulo Brothers Racing’s Chris Buescher and Venturini Motorsports’s Mikey Kile, who each finished with two Menards Pole Awards.

“I am honored to receive the year-end Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell,” Goess said. “The competition this year in the ARCA Racing Series was fierce, and with so many different pole winners, I’m thrilled to win the award at the end of the season.

“I have to thank the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Eddie Sharp Racing team for all of their hard work all season long. I am proud to receive this award, and I have to thank Menards and Ansell for sponsoring the award and being such a large part in our series,” Goess added.

The New Jersey native will attempt to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.