Max Gresham and Ty Dillon Make Up Front Row For Pennsylvania ARCA 125

Max Gresham captured the pole on Friday for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Pennsylvania ARCA 125 at Pocono  Raceway with a lap of 53.535 seconds.

This marks the second Meanards Pole Award presented by Ansell for the 18-year old Georgia driver of the No. 25 World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park Toyota in 10 career starts. It also marks the third pole for Venturini Motorsports at Pocono in the past two years as Mikey Kile won the pole last June while Brennan Poole won the pole this June. Venturini Motorsports has won the Menards Pole Award now four times this year with four different drivers: Josh Richards, Poole, Ryan Blaney and now Gresham.

“It was a dandy of a lap,” Gresham said. “Everything just lined up perfectly, and (Venturini Motorsports general manager) Billy (Venturini) had the car just right and we had the clouds perfect. The Toyota Camry was on a rail and I drove it for everything it had. Billy’s really happy with it right now. Hopefully, the car’s as good tomorrow as it is right now. I’m looking forward to having a good run tomorrow.”

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The car that Gresham is driving is the same car that he drove to a second-place finish earlier this year at Michigan International Speedway in June, when he got passed on the last lap by rookie Ty Dillon.

“Michigan was 100 laps, and that’s 75 more miles – a two-pit stop race,” he said. “This one’s only one, so you only have one chance to get the car right if you need adjustments so it makes it a little more difficult. I’ve got to make sure I relay all of the info I need to Billy, and make sure I tell him everything I need for the race and throughout the race, so when we make our one pit stop, we’ll be ready.”

Dillon would qualify second after holding the provisional pole most of the session, 0.011 seconds off of his third consecutive pole in the series.

“I guess when it’s that close, it’s not too bad of a heartbreaker,” the driver of the No. 41 RCR/CIPT Chevrolet said. “Our car’s really fast, so this doesn’t discourage me much. (Venturini) has really fast equipment too, and they were one of the fastest cars here last time. We brought a brand new car, which I believe is twice as fast as the car we had here last time.

“We were able to lead laps and run up front the whole time last time, so we ought to be able to lead all the laps. I’m so confident in this race car. I can’t thank (crew chief Scott) “Flash” (Naset) and all the guys enough and I’m just so happy for the team.”

With the qualifying points in the books, Dillon extends his points lead over nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel to 370 points. Kimmel qualified the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford in 11th.

Casey Roderick, making his first start with Randy Hill Racing, qualified third (53.967 seconds), followed by Chris Buescher and Ryan Wilson. Gresham’s teammate Kyle Fowler would qualify sixth, followed by  Tim George Jr., Grant Enfinger, Chad McCumbee, and Tom Hessert comprise the remainder of the top 10.

The Pennsylvania ARCA 125 begins at 3 p.m. tomorrow, with live television coverage airing on SPEED. will feature live timing and scoring coverage of the 50-lap, 125-mile race, which will be the 53rd for the ARCA Racing Series on Pocono’s 2.5-mile triangle.

2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #13
Pocono Raceway, Long Pond Pennsylvania, 8-6-11
Pennsylvania ARCA 125
August 5, 2011 / 6:48 PM
1 25 Max Gresham/Griffin GA 53.535 168.114
2 41 Ty Dillon/Lewisville NC 53.546 168.080
3 08 Casey Roderick/Lawrenceville GA 53.967 166.769
4 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX 54.242 165.923
5 32 Ryan Wilson/Randleman NC 54.290 165.776
6 55 Kyle Fowler/Smyrna GA 54.331 165.651
7 31 Tim George Jr./New York NY 54.411 165.408
8 36 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL 54.509 165.110
9 1 Chad McCumbee/Holden Beach NC 54.629 164.748
10 52 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ 54.692 164.558
11 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN 54.749 164.387
12 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadelphia OH 54.761 164.351
13 82 Sean Corr/Goshen NY 55.184 163.091
14 6 Robb Brent/Shelby Township MI 55.517 162.113
15 15 John Blankenship/Knoxville TN 55.613 161.833
16 35 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI 55.754 161.423
17 68 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN 55.803 161.282
18 59 Buster Graham/Lafayette LA 56.027 160.637
19 57 George Cushman/Waterville NY 56.249 160.003
20 43 Kyle Martel/Lebanon PA 56.431 159.487
21 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA 56.502 159.286
22 7 Brandon Kidd/Manlius NY 57.015 157.853
23 03 Kory Rabenold/Slatington PA 57.058 157.734
24 3 Brent Brevak/Ashland WI 57.113 157.582
25 63 Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela 57.451 156.655
26 23 Nick Igdalsky/Long Pond PA 57.539 156.416
27 12 Maryeve Dufault/Sorel Quebec 57.780 155.763
28 50 Steve Fox/Hazleton PA 58.192 154.660
29 07 Brian Kaltreider/Reading PA 58.413 154.075
30 28 Ron Cox/Soddy Daisy TN 58.799 153.064
31 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN 59.091 152.307
32 75 Benny Chastain/Tallahassee FL 59.326 151.704
33 11 Ed Pompa/Ballston Spa NY Provisional
34 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Provisional
35 10 Rick Clifton/Circleville OH Provisional
36 06 Don Thompson/Carlisle PA Provisional
37 26 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Provisional
38 94 Con Nicolopoulos/Columbus MI Provisional
39 69 Brent Cross/Cortland NY Provisional
40 29 Rob Jones/Bowie MD Provisional
41 95 Michael Leavine/Bullard TX Provisional

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