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Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 Pristine Auction Toyota, in action during practice for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 for the ARCA Menards Series at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, on June 25, 2021. (Mitchell Leff/ARCA Racing)

PRACTICE: Ty Gibbs rockets to top of speed chart at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Friday’s practice session ahead of the evening’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway was the second in two days for ARCA Menards Series drivers. In both the five-hour open session Thursday and the 45-minute practice Friday, only one driver record sub-53 second lap times.

That driver, of course, is Ty Gibbs.

The 18-year-old driver of the No. 18 Pristine Auction Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing topped the speed chart for the afternoon session with a time of 52.625 seconds on his final lap. His best lap in Thursday’s session was 52.967 seconds.

Corey Heim, who also posted the second best time Thursday, was second fastest in Friday afternoon’s session with a lap time of 53.307 seconds. Heim leads Gibbs by one point in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings entering the Pocono race.

Sam Mayer, the two-time reigning ARCA Menards Series East champion who is making his ARCA Menards Series debut for Bret Holmes Racing on Friday at Pocono, was third fastest with a lap time of 53.601 seconds.

Chandler Smith and Drew Dollar were fourth and fifth fastest, respectively. Jack Wood, Kyle Sieg, Nick Sanchez, Andy Jankowiak and Thad Moffitt rounded out the top 10.

Qualifying for Friday night’s race at Pocono is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET. The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET and broadcast live on FS1. A radio broadcast will be available on MRN and SiriusXM.

Final practice: General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway

Pos. Car No. Driver Sponsor Best Time Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff.
1 18 Ty Gibbs* Pristine Auction 52.625 171.021 7 7
2 20 Corey Heim* Craftsman 53.307 168.833 9 9 0.682
3 23 Sam Mayer Bret Holmes Racing 53.601 167.907 11 11 0.976
4 25 Chandler Smith Safelite 54.322 165.679 13 13 1.697
5 15 Drew Dollar Sunbelt Rentals 54.761 164.351 10 10 2.136
6 21 Jack Wood GMS Racing 54.814 164.192 3 4 2.189
7 28 Kyle Sieg* RSS Racing 54.862 164.048 9 9 2.237
8 2 Nick Sanchez* UTI/NTI 54.963 163.747 3 12 2.338
9 73 Andy Jankowiak* V1 Fiber/Thermal Foams 55.639 161.757 6 7 3.014
10 46 Thad Moffitt Clean Pacs 55.791 161.316 3 9 3.166
11 11 Jade Buford* Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers 55.831 161.201 2 10 3.206
12 30 Kris Wright* Mastertech 55.923 160.936 7 11 3.298
13 50 Jett Noland Hype Motorsports 55.972 160.795 2 10 3.347
14 69 Scott Melton Melton McFadden Insurance Agency 56.48 159.348 6 8 3.855
15 36 Ryan Huff South Estrn Svc – H&H Excavation Outback 57.153 157.472 8 10 4.528
16 8 Sean Corr Transtech 57.246 157.216 14 14 4.621
17 57 Bryan Dauzat Brother in Law 57.293 157.087 2 7 4.668
18 97 Jason Kitzmiller A.L.L Construction 57.447 156.666 1 17 4.822
19 27 Tim Richmond Immigration Law 57.614 156.212 9 11 4.989
20 10 Ed Pompa Burt Crane & Rigging Cen Pe Co 57.954 155.296 2 4 5.329
21 12 Nick Igdalsky Pocono Reg Police Foundation 58.578 153.641 11 11 5.953
22 1 Stephanie Moyer* EvergreenRacewayPark/Council Cup Campground 58.615 153.544 1 4 5.99
23 48 Brad Smith Henshaw Automation 01:02.7 143.639 7 7 10.032
24 6 Don Thompson GreatRailing.com 01:04.1 140.371 2 6 11.491
25 35 Greg Van Alst CB Fabricating