Kimmel, Middleton Score Kentucky Speedway Pole Wins
Five-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel won the Pork Pole Award for Saturday's "Channel 5-205" and Jay Middleton earned the Jani-King Pole for tonight's American Speed Association (ASA) "BFGoodrich Tires 125" this afternoon at Kentucky Speedway.
Kimmel, a three-time Kentucky Speedway winner, earned his fourth career Kentucky Speedway pole with a lap of 170.336 mph (31.702 seconds). He has driven to two wins and one second-place finish in those starts. Kimmel finished second to Kyle Busch in the 2003 "Channel 5-205."
Kimmel's pole win also marks his second straight this season and the 34th of his ARCA career. He takes his second fastest Kentucky Speedway pole behind his 170.946 mph effort on July 13, 2001. Ryan Newman set the ARCA Kentucky Speedway qualifying record on August 26, 2000 with a lap of 171.103 mph.
"This place is like a second home to me," Kimmel said. "It's great to be on the pole, we hope to stay ahead tomorrow. The track was great when we went out this morning and with the 85 to 90 degree temperatures beating down on it all day, it became a little slicker. It is super smooth, there's a lot of grip.
"The Ford Taurus has been hooked up all afternoon and it's been driving good. We have to be really consistent tomorrow and our car has to turn well all night. "
Middleton, who failed to qualify for last week's ASA race in Braselton, Ga., took his first career National Tour pole with a lap of 171.265 mph. He was fifth in the second session earlier this afternoon with a best lap of 168.313 mph.
"The car was as good as it could've been," Middleton said. "I love this track. It's real racy so I feel comfortable out there. This is the first superspeedway I have ever run and I'm happy with the results."
The Lake City, Fla., driver of the No. 74 Florida Medical Sales & Pharmacy Chevrolet made his first career ASA start earlier this season on March 27 in Lakeland, Fla. He will lead the field to the green flag at 8:00 p.m. for "The BFGoodrich Tires 125" later tonight on hhgregg Pole Night Presented by Coca-Cola. He enters the race 37th in the series points standings.
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