KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Brennan Poole, by one measure, has been the best speedway driver this season in the ARCA Racing Series.
Today, the 21-year-old showed the way in testing at Kansas Speedway.
Poole, testing his No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota on the 1.5-mile oval, finished with the best lap of the morning session, and then the afternoon session as well, to lead a group of 28 entries that made laps throughout the day.
At 29.954 seconds (180.276 mph), Poole’s best morning lap was the only one to break 30 seconds, but one of 16 to go faster than Ken Butler III’s existing track qualifying record of 30.799 seconds (175.33 mph), set in 2008.
Poole led the afternoon session – and therefore, the full day – with a late lap of 29.733 seconds (181.616 mph), helping him top Frank Kimmel, Kevin Swindell, Grant Enfinger, and Alex Bowman. Kimmel and Bowman are both past Kansas winners.
As was the case at Pocono Raceway and Michigan Int’l Speedway earlier this season, new pavement at Kansas made for times much faster than any seen before. When all was said and done for the day, the top 20 of 28 entries on the board today were faster than Butler’s 2008 ARCA qualifying record at Kansas.
Poole’s No. 25 car will enter the Kansas Lottery 98.9 on Friday, Oct. 19 with a 95-point advantage in the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge over ThorSport Racing’s No. 44 car, driven by Kimmel. Of six speedway races this year, Poole has won one, at Pocono in June.
In the sixth spot for the day was NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton. He was followed by Ryan Reed, ARCA points leader Chris Buescher, Mason Mitchell and Matt Lofton.