SONOMA, Calif. — Bob Bruncati’s Sunrise Ford Racing team pinned Jake Drew to drive its No. 9 Ford in the ARCA Menards Series West this season. His first series start, at Phoenix Raceway in March, resulted in a disappointing 18th-place finish.
The 21-year-old’s second start, though, will come from P1.
Drew won the General Tire Pole Award for Saturday’s General Tire 200 at Sonoma Raceway with a lap time of 1:41.848 (89.074 mph) in an hour-long practice/qualifying session. His first General Tire Pole comes in just his second series start.
West Series regular Todd Souza qualified second with a lap time of 1:41.873 (89.052 mph).
Chase Briscoe qualified third with a lap time of 1:42.291 (88.688 mph). The NASCAR Cup Series regular is competing in Saturday’s General Tire 200 at Sonoma in part so he can practice for Sunday’s Toyota / Save Mart 350 at a track on which he has never raced.
Briscoe won the 2016 ARCA Menards Series championship driving for Cunningham Motorsports. Saturday’s General Tire 200 will mark Briscoe’s fourth West Series race. He also started three West races in 2013.
Zane Smith (1:42.381; 88.610 mph) and Joey Iest (1:42.622; 88.402 mph) qualified fourth and fifth, respectively.
Dylan Lupton, Eric Nascimento, Jesse Love, Bridget Burgess and Cole Moore rounded out the top 10.
The General Tire 200 at Sonoma is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET with a live stream available on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
General Tire 200 at Sonoma Qualifying Results / Starting Lineup
|Pos.||Car No.||Driver||Sponsor, OWM||Best Time||Speed||In Lap||Laps||Diff.|
|1||9||Jake Drew *||Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford||01:41.8||89.074||14||14||–|
|2||13||Todd Souza||Central Coast Cabinets Ford||01:41.9||89.052||11||11||0.025|
|3||14||Chase Briscoe||Huffy/Parker Boats Ford||01:42.3||88.688||3||11||0.443|
|4||17||Zane Smith||MadoroM Wine/Best Western Sonoma Chevrolet||01:42.4||88.61||10||10||0.533|
|5||54||Joey Iest *||AG Center 59 Ford||01:42.6||88.402||8||9||0.774|
|6||4||Dylan Lupton||Lupton Excavation Toyota||01:42.7||88.37||9||9||0.811|
|7||19||Eric Nascimento *||RJ’s Paintshop Toyota||01:43.1||88.024||1||12||1.215|
|8||16||Jesse Love||NAPA Auto Parts Toyota||01:43.1||88.008||6||6||1.234|
|9||88||Bridget Burgess||HMH Construction Chevrolet||01:43.9||87.335||3||12||2.028|
|10||99||Cole Moore *||NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota||01:44.0||87.235||10||10||2.147|
|11||80||Brian Kamisky *||SK Construction/Wards Concrete Chevrolet||01:44.1||87.156||11||11||2.241|
|12||6||Trevor Huddleston||Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Haas Dev/Terra Clean Ford||01:44.3||87.019||9||10||2.405|
|13||51||Dean Thompson *||Thompson Pipe Group Ford||01:44.4||86.912||12||12||2.533|
|14||33||P.J. Pedroncelli||Pedroncelli Mobile Bottlers Chevrolet||01:44.6||86.715||10||11||2.771|
|15||77||Dave Smith *||181 Freemont Residences/Fikse Wheels/Peelz Toyota||01:45.0||86.385||1||3||3.17|
|16||42||Tony Toste||Toste Construction/Seal Master Toyota||01:45.6||85.928||9||10||3.729|
|17||86||Tim Spurgeon||Kleenblast/Davids Racing Products Chevrolet||01:45.7||85.802||8||9||3.884|
|18||7||Takuma Koga||GR Garage Takatsuji Toyota||01:46.7||84.999||16||17||4.883|
|19||68||Rodd Kneeland||Florian Ind/Rodd Fundraising/Hwy 12 Wrkg Chevrolet||01:48.8||83.355||6||9||6.988|
|20||52||Ryan Philpot *||Hacienda Pools Chevrolet||01:50.7||81.927||6||8||8.885|
|21||27||Bobby Hillis Jr.||First Impression Press Chevrolet||01:51.4||81.401||8||8||9.6|
|22||31||Paul Pedroncelli *||Select Mobile Bottlers Chevrolet||01:52.5||80.66||17||17||10.624|