(BROOKLYN, Mich. – June 13, 2014) – Mason Mitchell didn’t set a track record this time, but he did win his fourth career Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell Friday morning and will start up front for today’s Corrigan Oil 200.
Mitchell, in the No. 98 Thermal Technology Services Ford, won the pole earlier this season at Toledo and was on the pole at both Springfield and Berlin last year. Those previous three poles were track records. His lap at Michigan International Speedway Friday morning was not a track record at 187.534 mph. but still fast enough to give him the pole.
“I wasn’t real confident about my qualifying lap because we spent so much time in race trim yesterday,” Mitchell said. “But I went out there, gave it my all and it stuck. I’m happy with it. This is only my second time here, so I’m still learning the track. It’s fast.”
Austin Theriault will start outside of the front row in his ARCA Racing Series debut for Venturini Motorsports.
John Wes Townley qualified third, but crashed hard into the wall after completing the first lap. The No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota for Venturini Motorsports will go to a backup car. Townley was driving the same car that Brennan Poole won with during the 2013 ARCA race at MIS.
Austin Wayne Self of Cunningham Motorsports qualified fourth in the AM Technical Solutions Dodge. Justin Boston qualified fifth in the Venturini Motorsports ZLOOP Toyota and a fourth Venturini entry, Cody Coughlin, will start sixth in the JEG’S Toyota.
ARCA Racing Series point leader Grant Enfinger qualified eighth, just behind 10-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel. Spencer Gallagher and Will Kimmel will start ninth and 10th with Ken Schrader in the 11th spot and Justin Allison in the 12th spot.
With his pole, Mitchell earned 15 bonus points and has moved within five points of Enfinger.
“This has the chance to be a really big weekend for us and the Mason Mitchell Motorsports,” he said. “The Roush Yates Engine really pushed us out there on the front stretch. I’m really looking forward to the race.”