(MILLVILLE, N.J. – July 27, 2013) – Four ARCA Racing Series
presented by Menards drivers topped the Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by
Ansell record time at New Jersey Motorsports Park Saturday, but two-time defending
champion Andrew Ranger will start up front.
Ranger, who also won the Menards Pole Award at New Jersey
Motorsports Park in 2011 and at Road America earlier this year, set the
qualifying record at 101.382 mph, or 79.896 seconds around the 2.25-mile paved
Driving the No. 53 Waste Management Bagster Dodge,
Ranger will start on the pole for Sunday’s Barbera’s Autoland 150 presented by
Driven Racing Oil.
“I know that car really well,” he said. “I feel very
comfortable with that car.”
Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Aaron’s-Hendrickcars.com
Chevrolet (100.164 mph), Brian Wong in the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
(99.771 mph) and Tom Hessert in the Barbera’s Autoland Dodge No. 77 (99.77 mph)
also topped the previous qualifying record, set by Patrick Long, of 99.602 mph
Elliott will start second, Wong third and Hessert fourth.
Venturini Motorsports driver Nelson Canache will start fifth and Will Kimmel in
the Messina Wildlife Ford will start sixth.
Nine-time series champion and current ARCA Racing Series
presented by Menards point leader Frank Kimmel will start ninth with point
runner-up and SCOTT Rookie Challenge leader Mason Mingus starting in the 11th
Chris Buescher, who won the first ARCA Racing Series road
course event of the 2013 season earlier this year at Road America, qualified seventh
in the Roulo Brothers Racing No. 99 Ford. Justin Boston, in the ZLOOP Computer
& Electronics Recycling Toyota, will start 8th in a third Venturini
Ranger, who is from Roxton Pond, Quebec, topped the speed
charts for both of the practice sessions on Saturday, despite turning only four
laps of practice.
“We’ve tested that car before,” he said. “We made a few
changes, but we have been here two or three times and we know the track. We
know the set up.”
Sunday will be Ranger’s second ARCA Racing Series event of
the season. He’s also made starts in the NASCAR K&N East and West series,
NASCAR Canadian Tire series and NASCAR Nationwide series.
“I really like road racing,” he said. “I ran in IndyCar
before, too. But, I like oval racing, too. I even raced in on ARCA dirt track.”
Hessert is one of four New Jersey natives in the race. He
was among the fastest cars in the practice sessions as well.
“We’re not far off from the second place car,” he said. “We
focused primarily on race runs. It was a smooth day."
Hessert said he was headed to his Cherry Hill, N.J. home
after qualifying and sleep in his own bed the night before the race.
“It’s the only race of the year I get to do that,” he said.
This will be the sixth visit by the ARCA Racing Series to
NJMP. Justin Allgaier, Patrick Long and Casey Roderick and Ranger, twice, are
“I like it,” Ranger said of the track. “It’s very technical
in the back of the track. It is challenging and you slide a little. It’s a very
Sunday’s race starts at 1 p.m. Live timing and scoring, plus
audio by ARCA Racing Network’s Charles Krall and Tim Clagg, will be on