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Cole Custer on Pole for Lucas Oil 200

Cole Custer on Pole for Lucas Oil 200

by February 13, 2016 0 comments

Cole Custer will lead the field to the green flag for the 2016 ARCA Racing Series season after taking the pole position for the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

Custer, 18, driver of Ken Schrader Racing’s No. 54 Haas Automation Chevrolet, secured his second-ever series pole with a lap of 47.769 seconds.

With his lap, Custer completed a front-row lockout for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series youngsters as Truck rookie William Byron will start in the second position for Venturini Motorsports.

ARCA regular Chase Briscoe took the third position on the starting grid ahead of series veteran Tom Hessert as John Wes Townley, Cole Powell, Matt Kurzejewski, Derrick Lancaster, Will Kimmel and Sean Corr completed the top-10.

Other notable starting positions for drivers in the field were 11th for Gray Gaulding, 12th for Sarah Cornett-Ching, 13th for Josh Williams, 14th for Bobby Gerhart, 19th for Austin Wayne Self, 25th for Frank Kimmel and 32nd for Kyle Weatherman.

The field was set by ARCA’s version of group qualifying that featured nine groups of drivers taking to the track for four minutes per group.

The top-five starters for Saturday afternoon’s race all set their time from the eighth qualifying group.

Seven drivers failed to qualify for the 80-lap event – Eric Caudell, Ray Ciccarelli, Russ Dugger, Scott Edwards, Joey Gattina, Bobby Hamilton Jr. and J.J. Pack.

The Lucas Oil 200 is set for a 4:15 p.m ET start time on Saturday and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the Lucas Oil 200

  1. 54 – Cole Custer – Chevrolet – Ken Schrader Racing – 47.769 | Leader
  2. 55 – William Byron – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports – 47.837 | -0.068
  3. 77 – Chase Briscoe – Dodge – Cunningham Motorsports – 47.883 | -0.114
  4. 25 – Tom Hessert – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports – 47.911 | -0.142
  5. 05 – John Wes Townley – Chevrolet – Athenian Motorsports – 47.929 | -0.160
  6. 78 – Cole Powell – Chevrolet – Mason Mitchell Motorsports – 47.971 | -0.202
  7. 52 – Matt Kurzejewski – Toyota – Ken Schrader Racing – 47.975 | -0.206
  8. 83 – Derrick Lancaster – Chevrolet – Derrick Lancaster – 47.975 | -0.206
  9. 69 – Will Kimmel – Chevrolet – Kimmel Racing – 47.978 | -0.209
  10. 48 – Sean Corr – Ford – Empire Racing – 47.978 | -0.209

Photo Credit: ARCAracing.com

Kyle Pokrefky
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