INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Defending race winner Chandler Smith wasn’t anywhere near the top of the leaderboard in practice Friday. Turns out he had a very good reason. The 18-year-old from Talking Rock, Georgia, said his car had a broken right front shock during the session and got it changed right before qualifying.
The fix worked.
Smith, who said he also battled electrical issues in practice, drove the No. 20 JBL Audio Toyota to the General Tire Pole Award in qualifying for the night’s Calypso Lemonade 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Smith had a lap of 22.149 seconds (111.499 mph) around the .686-mile oval. It is Smith’s ninth career pole in the ARCA Menards Series and his second in as many starts in 2020.
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Ty Gibbs qualified second at 22.204 (111.223) and championship points leader Michael Self was third quickest (22.246/111.013) after being atop the charts in practice. Hailie Deegan and Derek Griffith rounded out the top five.
Taylor Gray qualified sixth, followed by Bret Holmes, Sam Mayer, Drew Dollar and Thad Moffitt.
The race is also the second event of the Sioux Chief Showdown, which Smith leads by virtue of his win at Phoenix Raceway in March.
The Calypso Lemonade 200 is scheduled to go green at 8 p.m. The race will be live on MAVTV and streaming on TrackPass on NBC Gold.