(NEWTON, Iowa – Sept. 7, 2013) – Mason Mingus won his second
Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell Saturday afternoon and will start up
front for the Prairie Meadows 150 at Iowa Speedway.
Mingus, in the REALTREE Outdoor
Energy Toyota, turned the top qualifying lap of 24.179 seconds, or 130.278 mph.
He was the only driver to top the 130-mph threshold. He also won the pole for
the second race of the 2013 season at Mobile International Speedway.
“I was fortunate enough to run a few laps here last year,”
he said. “We didn’t get to practice very much today because we had a mechanical
issue. My crew did a great job of getting the car going. We were going into it (qualifying)
a little blind.”
Mingus finished 12th at the Prairie Meadows 200 in July,
“I think our car will be even better on the long runs,”
Mingus said. “This is a short track, but it has intermediate track instincts.
You definitely want to start as high as you can.”
Starting on the outside of the front row will be Kyle
Weatherman in the #11 LoneStarPromotions.com-United Nissan Dodge. Qualifying third was Corey LaJoie in the Dewey’s
Automotive Group-Medallion.com Ford. Will Kimmel in the No. 69 Messina Wildlife
Ford will start fourth and 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin fifth in The Ad Man
One of five Venturini Motorsports entries at Iowa Speedway, Benjamin was the fastest in the 90-minute practice
session earlier in the day. He’s making his first start at Iowa. He won two
weeks ago at Madison International Speedway.
Mason Mitchell, in the No. 82 Happy Cheeks Ford and from
nearby West Des Moines, qualified sixth. He’s the only Iowa driver in the field
Frank Kimmel, in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota, will
start 14th. He’s attempting to win his 80th all-time ARCA race. He is currently
tied with Iggy Katona for the all-time lead in ARCA wins with 79. He won the
ARCA Iowa race in 2007.
The only other driver on the Prairie Meadows 150 entry list
to win an ARCA race at Iowa is Cunningham Motorsports driver Tom Hessert in the
No. 77 Barbera’s Autoland Dodge. Hessert won in 2010.
“It’s an awesome
place,” Hessert said of the Rusty Wallace-designed 7/8-mile speedway.
LaJoie has won the past two ARCA Racing Series races he’s
entered, at Chicagoland Speedway and Pocono Raceway. The Richard Petty
Motorsports Development Driver is in a Roulo Brothers Racing Ford.
The race is scheduled to go green just after 8 p.m. CT and
will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2.
Live timing and scoring will be available on www.arcaracing.com.
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