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Daniel Dye
Daniel Dye, driver of the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet, celebrates winning the General Tire Pole Award ahead of the Zinsser SmartCoat 200 for the ARCA Menards Series at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan, on July 17, 2021. (Nic Antaya/ARCA Racing)

QUALIFYING: Daniel Dye wins first career General Tire Pole Award at Berlin

MARNE, Mich. — Daniel Dye was second fastest in Saturday’s practice session at Berlin Raceway. That speed was no fluke.

The 17-year-old driver of the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet qualified on the pole ahead of the evening’s Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at the 7/16-mile paved oval, a race that will mark just the second start for Dye in the ARCA Menards Series. It’s his first General Tire Pole Award on the ARCA Menards platform.

Dye, who is running a part-time schedule for GMS Racing in the ARCA Menards Series after competing in six East Series events for Ben Kennedy Racing (plus one for GMS) dating back to last season, paced the field in Saturday’s qualifying session at Berlin with a lap time of 16.468 seconds (95.640 mph).

Dye’s accomplishment means the Zinsser SmartCoat 200 will be the first ARCA Menards Series race since the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway that a driver not named Ty Gibbs or Corey Heim will start on the pole.

Gibbs, who was fastest in practice, will join Dye on the front row to start Saturday night’s race.

Heim, Taylor Gray and Jesse Love rounded out the top 10 in qualifying.

The Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Berlin is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and broadcast live on MAVTV with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.

Qualifying results / starting lineup: Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Berlin Raceway

Pos. Car No. Driver Sponsor & OEM Best Time Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff.
1 21 Daniel Dye* GMS Racing Chevrolet 16.468 95.64 2 2  –
2 18 Ty Gibbs* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 16.518 95.351 1 2 0.05
3 20 Corey Heim* Craftsman Toyota 16.626 94.731 1 2 0.158
4 17 Taylor Gray* Ford Performance Ford 16.747 94.047 2 2 0.279
5 15 Jesse Love* Mobil 1 Toyota 16.75 94.03 2 2 0.282
6 2 Nick Sanchez* Max Siegel Inc./UTI-UTI Chevrolet 16.759 93.979 1 2 0.291
7 46 Thad Moffitt Clean Pacs Ford 16.784 93.839 2 2 0.316
8 50 Morgan Alexander* Alexander Produce Chevrolet 16.893 93.234 2 2 0.425
9 25 Gracie Trotter* Calico Coatings Toyota 16.94 92.975 1 2 0.472
10 11 Mason Mingus TC Construction/Diamond Equipment Ford 16.98 92.756 2 2 0.512
11 27 Alex Clubb* A. Clubb Lawncare Ford 17.408 90.476 2 2 0.94
12 10 Owen Smith* Szulczewski Financial Group Toyota 17.605 89.463 2 2 1.137
13 6 Zachary Tinkle* GreatRailing.com Ford 17.874 88.117 2 2 1.406
14 12 Tony Cosentino Pit Weld U Toyota 17.899 87.994 2 2 1.431
15 1 Mike Basham PedalinPup.com Ford 18.061 87.204 2 2 1.593
16 48 Brad Smith HIE Publishing Chevrolet 18.64 84.496 1 2 2.172