Speed On Pole for MIS ARCA race

Scott Speed

ARCA RE/MAX Series SunTrust Rookie Scott Speed earned the SIM Factory Pole Award Thursday afternoon at Michigan Int'l Speedway, circling the 2-mile paved oval in 38.895 seconds in his No. 2 Red Bull Toyota. The former Formula One driver, who plans to compete in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at Michigan Int'l Speedway this weekend, sits on the pole for Friday's Racing for Wildlife 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race. Starting Grid "I've never raced at Michigan but this track is significant to me because this was the very first race that my fiancé Valentina and I came to with Red Bull when we were starting to talk about running stock cars," said Speed.

"We're just taking it in stride. There is a cup car waiting for me, when the situation is right with the team and if I feel comfortable with it we will make the move. Racing in the trucks has increased my learning curve, especially with guys like Hornaday, Skinner and Benson. They are cup-quality drivers and I've learned a lot from them."

Speed, who currently sits third in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings, will start Friday's Racing for Wildlife 200 alongside Eddie Sharp Racing teammate Justin Lofton, who posted a 39.133-second lap in the No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge.

"I'm really looking forward to racing here tomorrow," said Lofton. "I think the last four cars will stand out. I think I can pretty much sum up my season so far as bad luck…even last week, when I was running in the top-five at the end of the race and ended up finishing 19th. I'm hoping to turn things around this weekend and so far it's going well."

Brian Scott will start third in the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet, alongside Justin Allgaier in the No. 16 AG Tech-Hoosier Midwest-Hot Hues Chevrolet. Shelby Township, Michigan's Robb Brent will start fifth at his hometown superspeedway in a No. 00 Abigayle Place-Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Chevrolet.

Starting Grid


1 2 Scott Speed/Manteca CA Red Bull Toyota 38.895 185.114
2 20 Justin Lofton/Westmorland CA Lofton Cattle Dodge 39.133 183.988
3 15 Brian Scott/Mooresville NC Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet 39.175 183.791
4 16 Justin Allgaier/Springfield IL AG Tech-Hoosier Midwest-Hot Hues Chevrolet 39.214 183.608
5 00 Robb Brent/Shelby Township MI Abigayle Place-Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Chev 39.216 183.599
6 18 Billy Leslie/Algonac MI Titan Tires & Wheels Ford 39.372 182.871
7 01 Sean Caisse/Pelham NH Aisin AW Toyota 39.430 182.602
8 09 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA Zaxby's Ford 39.439 182.560
9 45 Michael Phelps/Suwanee GA Dodge-Bowen Family Homes Dodge 39.495 182.302
10 25 Ryan Fischer/Surrey British Columbia Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet 39.535 182.117
11 30 Jesse Smith/Wildwood MO Lloyd's Barbeque-Hormel-Spam-Jones Group Dodge 39.570 181.956
12 39 Matt Hawkins/Canton GA JaniKing-Racing Radios Dodge 39.587 181.878
13 32 Chris Wimmer/Wausau WI Win Tron Racing-Red Line Oil Dodge 39.780 180.995
14 22 Ken Butler III/Lilburn GA Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota 39.831 180.764
15 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ford Drive One-ECC Ford 39.882 180.533
16 46 Matt Carter/Denver NC Stine Seed-Hantz Group-Fort Dodge Animal Ford 39.888 180.505
17 37 Dexter Bean/Westby WI Glock Chevrolet 39.971 180.131
18 1 Tom Hessert III/Cherry Hill NJ Maaco Auto Painting America's Body Shop Ford 40.067 179.699
19 60 Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown FL Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Dodge 40.138 179.381
20 66 Bryan Reffner/Stevens Point WI Hendren Motorsports Chevrolet 40.159 179.287
21 99 Ricky Stenhouse Jr./Olive Branch MS RoushFenway.com Ford 40.269 178.798
22 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Chevrolet 40.370 178.350
23 4 Tayler Malsam/Seattle WA Dodge Driver Development Dodge 40.475 177.888
24 11 Bryan Silas/Stuart FL Nortrax-Shell Rotella T Ford 40.574 177.454
25 8 Terry Jones/Amherstburg ON Jones Group Racing Dodge 40.916 175.970
26 90 Gabi DiCarlo/Phoenix AZ Great Clips Toyota 40.951 175.820
27 12 Alli Owens/Daytona Beach FL ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet 40.959 175.786
28 77 Todd Hansen/Farmington MN Mad Croc Energy Drink-JDRF Chevrolet 41.010 175.567
29 29 Larry Hollenbeck/Kalamazoo MI SWAT Fitness Chevrolet 41.220 174.672
30 7 AJ Henriksen/Mooresville NC Engineered Components Ford 41.376 174.014
31 24 Mike Harmon/Birmingport AL Just1Shirt.com Chevrolet 41.437 173.758
32 75 Michael Simko/Clarkston MI DenteMax Ford 41.615 173.015
33 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet Provisional
34 84 Norm Benning/Pittsburgh PA Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet Provisional
35 23 Donny Kelley/Humble TX Porter Glass Chevrolet Provisional
36 26 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI CCM Mold Design & Maintenance Ford Provisional
37 06 Tim Mitchell/Fayetteville TN Star Wheels Skate Center Ford Provisional
38 14 John Graham/Aurora Ontario Kickbutt Energy Ballz Ford Provisional
39 94 Brian Kaltreider/Reading PA Independent Graphics Ford Provisional
40 81 Greg Seevers/West Milton OH Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet Provisional
41 08 James Hylton/Inman SC Fubar Energy Drink Dodge Provisional

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