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Landen Lewis
Landen Lewis, driver of the No. 2 19th Green Toyota, poses for a photo after winning the General Tire Pole Award during qualifying for the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Lucas Oil for the ARCA Menards Series at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois, on Sept. 5, 2021. (Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing)

Qualifying: Landen Lewis wins first General Tire Pole Award at DuQuoin

DUQUOIN, Ill. — Rette Jones Racing a few weeks ago brought aboard 15-year-old Landen Lewis to run the dirt race on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

As if Lewis’ seventh-place run in his ARCA Menards Series debut wasn’t impressive enough, the Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, native, won the General Tire Pole Award ahead of Sunday evening’s Southern Illinois 100 presented by Lucas Oil at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, the series’ second and final dirt race of the season and Lewis’ second start.

Lewis logged the fastest lap in qualifying at 34.236 seconds (105.152 mph) driving the No. 2 L&A South Tire/Lou Lous Waterfront Restaurant Chevrolet.

Lewis, who is competing in ARCA Menards Series on the strength of a successful career in Legends Cars, Super Trucks and Dirt Modified competition, is banking on his experience in Dirt Modifieds as well as advice from Ken Schrader, the 66-year-old veteran racer who also is in the field for Sunday’s DuQuoin race.

Dirt track ringer Ryan Unzicker will join Lewis on the front row to start Sunday night’s race after qualifying second.

Corey Heim, Ty Gibbs and Schrader rounded out the top five in qualifying.

The Southern Illinois 100 presented by Lucas Oil is scheduled to start shortly after 9 p.m. ET. It will broadcast live on MAVTV Motorsports Network with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.

Qualifying results / starting lineup: Southern Illinois 100 presented by Lucas Oil

Pos. Car No. Driver Sponsor, OEM Best Time Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff.
1 2 Landen Lewis* L&A South Tire/Lou Lous Waterfront Resurant Chevrolet 34.236 105.152 1 1  –
2 24 Ryan Unzicker Hummingbird/RJR Transportation Chevrolet 34.349 104.807 1 1 0.113
3 20 Corey Heim* Craftsman Toyota 35.596 101.135 1 1 1.36
4 18 Ty Gibbs* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.634 101.027 1 1 1.398
5 10 Ken Schrader Kuttawa Fire Department Toyota 35.94 100.167 1 1 1.704
6 69 Will Kimmel Clarksville Schwinn Ford 36.033 99.908 1 1 1.797
7 46 Taylor Gray* DGR Ford 36.189 99.478 1 1 1.953
8 25 Toni Breidinger* VMS Toyota 38.214 94.206 1 1 3.978
9 12 D.L. Wilson* FastTrackRacing.com Toyota 38.827 92.719 1 1 4.591
10 27 Zachary Tinkle* Latino Immigration & Legal Center Toyota 39.638 90.822 1 1 5.402
11 1 Tim Monroe* Carolina SIM Works Chevrolet 39.685 90.714 1 1 5.449
12 11 Owen Smith* PedalinPup.com Ford 41.269 87.233 1 1 7.033
13 48 Brad Smith Henshaw Custom Automation Chevrolet 44.157 81.527 1 1 9.921
14 6 Wayne Peterson GreatRailing.com Chevrolet 58.78 61.245 1 1 24.544
15 15 Jesse Love * Redwood City, CA Mobil 1 Toyota
16 16 Kelly Kovski Sherman, IL Schluckebeier Farms-Schnapp Sewer Service Chevrolet