Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Earns SIM Factory Pole Award for Chicagoland ARCA 200

Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. became the first driver to break the 29-second range in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday afternoon, posting a 29.995 second lap around the 1.5-mile speedway for a speed of 180.03 mph. He sits on the pole in a No. 99 Aflac Ford owned by Jack Roush for Saturday’s Chicagoland ARCA 200. Scott Lagasse, Jr. also broke the previous track record (30.171 second/179.575 mph) to start second in a No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet.

By virtue of the pole, Stenhouse picked up an extra 15 points in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series points race and heads into Saturday’s Chicagoland ARCA 200 second in points, trailing Scott Speed by 60 marks. Speed has led the series’ point standings after each of the last four races and will start Saturday’s race fourth in the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota. Both drivers are 2008 SunTrust Rookie of the Year contenders and are two of six rookies currently in the top-10 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings.

The 41-car starting field includes Stenhouse, Jr., Lagasse, Jr., Justin Lofton (qualified third in the No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge), Speed, and John Wes Townley (qualified fifth in a No. 09 Zaxby’s-SPS-BB&T Ford). Positions one through 32 were set by qualifying times with the rest of the starting field set by provisional positions.

Stenhouse and Lagasse among six drivers that broke the ARCA RE/MAX Series’ Chicagoland Speedway qualifying record of 30.472 seconds/177.212 mph set by Joey Miller in 2005. It was the eighth time this year that a SIM Factory Qualifying session has produced a new ARCA RE/MAX Series track record and second consecutive pole/new track record for Stenhouse. The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native joined Brian Tyler and Tony Stewart on the list of drivers who have broken the ARCA RE/MAX Series track record at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on September 1st.

Three of the top-five qualifiers opted to make one-lap during the SIM Factory Qualifying Session rather than the maximum two-lap allotment.

The Chicagoland ARCA 200 marks the 17th of 21 events in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series and is set to roll off at 4 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Central on Saturday, September 6th, 2008. The race will be aired on SPEED beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, September 7th.

Team GLOCK Racing will present live Timing and Scoring and a live audio broadcast of the race on arcaracing.com.
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