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Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, smiles after winning the General Tire Pole Award ahead of the Bush’s Beans 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway for the ARCA Menards Series in Bristol, Tennessee, on Sept. 16, 2021. (Jacob Kupferman/ARCA Racing)

Qualifying: Ty Gibbs takes another General Tire Pole at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate is the driver aiming for a championship Thursday night in the Bush’s Beans 200, but Ty Gibbs proved in the early evening qualifying session at Bristol Motor Speedway he is the one to beat in the 200-lap race on the half-mile concrete oval.

Driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Gibbs logged the best lap in the session at 14.859 seconds / 129.134 mph to win his ninth General Tire Pole Award of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season. Including races he started on the pole based on points, Thursday’s race will mark the 12th time this season the 18-year-old has led the field to green.

With the Bush’s Beans 200 being a combination race between the ARCA Menards Series and the ARCA Menards Series East, Gibbs’ JGR teammate Sammy Smith is in the field, too. Entering the final race of the East Series season, Smith holds a 24-point lead over second-place Daniel Dye in the championship standings.

Smith’s title bid Thursday got off to a great start when he qualified as the outside pole-sitter with a lap time of 15.042 seconds (127.563).

Dye was almost as fast, qualifying third at Bristol with a lap time of 15.203 seconds (126.212 mph).

Jesse Love qualified third ahead of Corey Heim in fifth.

The Bush’s Beans 200 at Bristol, which also represents Round 9 of the 10-race Sioux Chief Showdown, is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET. The race will broadcast live on FS1 with a live stream available on the Fox Sports App.

A live radio broadcast of the race will air on MRN and SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981).

Qualifying results: Bush’s Beans 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Pos. Car No. Driver Sponsor, OEM Best Time Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff.
1 18 Ty Gibbs* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.859 129.134 2 3  –
2 81 Sammy Smith* Engine Ice Toyota 15.042 127.563 1 3 0.183
3 21 Daniel Dye* Heise LED/American Flat Track Chevrolet 15.203 126.212 2 3 0.344
4 25 Jesse Love* JBL Toyota 15.205 126.195 2 4 0.346
5 20 Corey Heim* Craftsman Toyota 15.227 126.013 2 4 0.368
6 2 Nick Sanchez* Max Siegel Inc./ATL Fuel Cells Chevrolet 15.247 125.848 2 4 0.388
7 6 Rajah Caruth* Universal Technical Institute/Max Siegal Inc. Chevrolet 15.29 125.494 1 3 0.431
8 22 Jack Wood Chevy Accessories Chevrolet 15.304 125.379 3 5 0.445
9 17 Taylor Gray* Ford Performance Ford 15.316 125.281 5 8 0.457
10 54 Joey Iest* AG Center 59 Ford 15.343 125.06 2 4 0.484
11 46 Thad Moffitt Bac-D  Ford 15.348 125.02 1 4 0.489
12 74 Mason Diaz* Solid Rock Carrier Toyota 15.36 124.922 1 5 0.501
13 55 Parker Chase* NXTLVL Marine Toyota 15.452 124.178 3 5 0.593
14 91 Justin S. Carroll* Carrolls Auto Toyota 15.462 124.098 2 5 0.603
15 30 Max Gutierrez* Toughbuilt Ford 15.533 123.531 2 3 0.674
16 10 Jade Buford* Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers Toyota 15.546 123.427 4 7 0.687
17 28 Kyle Sieg* RSS Racing Chevrolet 15.586 123.11 4 5 0.727
18 11 Mason Mingus Team Construction Ford 15.607 122.945 2 3 0.748
19 73 Andy Jankowiak* Philips 66 Ford 15.626 122.795 5 6 0.767
20 15 Drew Dollar Sunbelt Rentals Toyota 15.627 122.787 4 5 0.768
21 42 Conner Jones* Jones Utilities Chevrolet 15.647 122.631 5 6 0.788
22 23 Sam Mayer QPS Employment Group Chevrolet 15.665 122.49 2 4 0.806
23 35 Greg Van Alst* CB Fabricating Ford 15.735 121.945 4 4 0.876
24 97 Jason Kitzmiller A.L.L Construction Chevrolet 15.956 120.256 7 8 1.097
25 27 Zachary Tinkle* Latino Immigration & Legal Center Toyota 16.22 118.298 5 6 1.361
26 12 D.L. Wilson* Tradinghouse Bar & Grill Toyota 16.691 114.96 3 6 1.832
27 87 Charles Buchanan Jr. Spring Drug Ford 17.171 111.747 3 5 2.312
28 1 Richard Garvie* The Brews Box Toyota 17.925 107.046 2 3 3.066
29 44 Stephanie Moyer* EvergreenRacewayPark/Council Cup Campground Toyota 17.977 106.736 2 3 3.118
30 6 Don Thompson GreatRailing.com Chevrolet 19.543 98.183 2 3 4.684