By: Kyle Pokrefky/@KPokrefky
Photo credit: Kyle Pokrefky/The Fourth Turn
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After running fastest in both practices for the Troop Aid 200, Kyle Weatherman stormed his way to his first career ARCA Racing Series pole and will lead the field to green in the series’s return to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
Starting from the pole for the first time in his career in ARCA with the help of a lap of 19.389 seconds that was nearly a quarter-second quicker than second-place qualifier Grant Enfinger, who will start from the rear of the field after a suspension issue was discovered with his No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet.
Enfinger’s move to the back of the grid places Venturini Motorsports’s Clay Greenfield on the front row with Michael Lira, Matt Tifft, Josh Williams, Tom Hessert, Brandon Jones, David Levine, Bo LeMastus and Brian Finney in the top-10.
Other drivers to face issues in qualifying were Bubba Pollard, who was not present in line for qualifying and Will Kimmel, who did not turn in a lap in his No. 69 Ford.
After battling issues with track position throughout the ARCA-Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway in what was a fifth-place effort, Weatherman is relieved with his P1 starting position for tonight’s event.
“Track position is real important,” Weatherman said. “The last race, we kind of fought track position all day. Hopefully starting on the pole here will give us what we need. Hopefully, we pull off the win here – we’ve been doing really good in practice and qualifying and hopefully we can keep it going over to the race too.”
Placing his No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Ford at the top of the leaderboard for each session, Weatherman remains optimistic that he can complete a clean sweep of all sessions this weekend and secure his first-ever ARCA Racing Series victory.
“I sure hope so,” Weatherman said regarding his status as a favorite for the event. “Anything can happen, but I think we have real good odds right now. I’m never going to doubt anybody else in the field because I know they’re all good competition. Hopefully, we can keep our head on straight and, like I said, keep our track position up and hopefully be there at the end.”
The Troop Aid 200 will start at 8:00 p.m CT/9:00 p.m ET tonight.
Top-10 Qualifiers for the Troop Aid 200
- 22 – Kyle Weatherman – Ford – Cunningham Motorsports – 19.389 | Leader
- 23 – Grant Enfinger – Chevrolet – GMS Racing – 19.632 | -0.243 | WILL START FROM REAR OF GRID
- 55 – Clay Greenfield – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports – 19.645 | -0.256
- 58 – Michael Lira – Ford – Lira Motorsports – 19.672 | -0.283
- 52 – Matt Tifft – Toyota – Ken Schrader Racing – 19.716 | -0.327
- 6 – Josh Williams – Chevrolet – Josh Williams Racing – 19.725 | -0.336
- 77 – Tom Hessert – Ford – Cunningham Motorsports – 19.736 | -0.347
- 25 – Brandon Jones – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports – 19.839 | -0.450
- 59 – David Levine – Ford – Lira Motorsports – 19.946 | -0.557
- 42 – Bo LeMastus – Dodge – Crosley Sports Group – 20.120 | -0.731