TOLEDO, Ohio — Following a unique qualifying format, both Chandler Smith and Ty Gibbs ended Friday afternoon’s session with a General Tire Pole Award.
After impending weather forced ARCA Racing and Toledo Speedway officials to move the start time to Saturday’s race to noon and cancel qualifying, Friday’s two laps of qualifying took on added importance.
The first lap would set the field for Friday’s Menards.com 200 presented by SPxE (8 p.m. ET).
The second would set the lineup for Saturday’s Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands.
Smith ran a 15.999-second (112.507 mph) first lap in the No. 20 JBL Audio Toyota around the half-mile on his first lap to clinch his 10th career General Tire Pole Award. He’ll start Friday night’s race on the front row with Gibbs on the outside. Gibbs ran a 16.037 (112.240) first lap.
Taylor Gray and championship points leader Michael Self will make up Row 2.
Sam Mayer, who was fastest in practice, qualified fifth. Drew Dollar was sixth, followed by Derek Griffith, Hailie Deegan, Bret Holmes and Giovanni Bromante.
Gibbs’ second lap of 16.030 seconds edged Smith’s 16.070 to claim his fourth General Tire Pole Award.
Saturday, Mayer, Dollar and Holmes will round out the top five starters. Griffith qualified sixth, followed by Deegan, Gray and Self.
Both races will air live on MAVTV, and will be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Gold.
The race is No. 9 for the ARCA Menards Series and also the fourth round of the Sioux Chief Showdown.