Ickler Sets New Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX Series Pole Record
Double-duty driver Brian Ickler set a new ARCA RE/MAX Series Kentucky Speedway qualifying record this afternoon with a quick 179.247-mph (30.126 seconds) lap.
The effort eclipses the previous series track record set by then Evernham Motorsports driver Erin Crocker with a 178.731-mph (30.213 seconds) lap on July 13, 2007 and places Ickler on an ARCA RE/MAX Series race pole for the first time this season. He won the pole award for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Michigan International Speedway on June 13 with a 176.302-mph (40.839 seconds) trip around that two-mile oval.
Ickler will not be able to reap the benefits of his efforts and will start the race at the end of the 38-car field after damaging the transmission of his No. 51 Brianickler.com Toyota during his second qualifying lap.
"No one told me about my first lap time so I lost it in Turn 1 and broke the third gear. We're going to fix and start in the back. It shouldn't be too bad if we get a couple of cautions. We should be able to close up on the field and get back to the front," Ickler said.
Series championship leader Parker Kligerman took the second spot on the grid with a 178.719-mph (30.215 seconds) lap in the No. 4 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge. The 19-year-old driver will start an ARCA RE/MAX Series race second for the second consecutive week and will start a series race in the top five for the fifth time this season.
Kligerman, who has won three straight and four of the last five series races, will roll off tonight's grid with a 120-point championship advantage over second-place title contender Justin Lofton, who will start tonight's race fifth in the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota after turning a 177.725-mph (30.384 seconds) lap.
Lofton took a second-place finish in the series first 150-mile race here this season on May 9 and Kligerman placed 17th, marking his only finish outside a race top 10 through 10 events.
The "Click It or Ticket. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150" is scheduled for a 9:45 p.m., start following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" in which Ickler started fourth.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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