(MARNE, Mich. – August 9, 2014) – Mason Mitchell won his fourth Menards Pole Award of the season early Saturday evening and extended his series point lead to 80 points heading into the Federated Auto Parts 200. Mitchell said he plans on being patient once tonight’s green flag drops around 8:15 p.m.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year is to be more patient,” he said. “I think the win at Chicago really helped me with that. I didn’t lead a lot of laps, but I was there at the end and we were able to win. That’s what you have to do – be there at the end.”
Mitchell’s time of 16.782 seconds was just .001 off his own track record set last year. The pole was his fourth of the 2014 season and sixth of his ARCA career.
“To be honest, I wasn’t really thinking about the record at all because I already had it at this track,” Mitchell said. “The guys have worked so hard preparing this car and making changes on it today. I feel like we’re going to be ready for the race.”
Mitchell enters the Federated Auto Parts 200 with an 80-point series point lead over Grant Enfinger, who qualified second. Six cars eclipsed the 17-second mark, including Mitchell, Enfinger, J.J. Haley, Kyle Weatherman, Brennan Poole and Justin Boston.
Haley went out last, qualified third and bumping Venturini Motorsports teammates Poole and Boston each down a slot.
Cunningham Motorsports teammates Austin Wayne Self and Tom Hessert qualified seventh and eighth with NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader ninth after an engine change between the first and second practice and Clair Zimmerman in the No. 5 Truck World-Stahley’s Automotive Ford owned by Bill Gerhart.
Karl Weber will start 11th, three-time Berlin winner Frank Kimmel 12th and James Swanson 13th in the No. 0 Wayne Peterson Racing Dodge car. Swanson just missed tying his career-best starting spot by one position.
Mitchell had the fastest lap time in the final practice session while Poole led the early practice Saturday.
The Federated Auto Parts 200 will follow a full lineup of Berlin Raceway weekly divisions and an on-track autograph session by the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards drivers. The race is not scheduled for live TV broadcast, but an audio call will be on arcaracing.com.
- By Doug Donnelly, arcaracing.com