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Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota, qualifies for the Reese's 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, on Oct. 23, 2021. (Cassie Florido/ARCA Racing)

QUALIFYING: Ty Gibbs wins General Tire Pole Award for season-finale at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ty Gibbs only needs to take the green flag Saturday night at Kansas Speedway to clinch the 2021 ARCA Menards Series championship.

And he will lead the field to that green flag.

The driver of the No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing paced the field in Saturday afternoon’s 20-minute qualifying session ahead of the evening’s Reese’s 150 with a top lap time of 30.575 seconds (176.615 mph).

It marks Gibbs’ 11th General Tire Pole Award of the season. Including races he started on the pole based on points, Gibbs will end his championship season having led the field to green 15 times in 20 events.

Corey Heim, the driver who pushed Gibbs in the championship hunt this season, fittingly will join his rival on the front row to start the season-finale at Kansas. Heim qualified second with a lap time of 30.674 seconds (176.045 mph).

Nick Sanchez, Drew Dollar and JP Bergeron rounded out the top five in qualifying.

Saturday evening’s Reese’s 150 is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET. The ARCA Menards Series’ season-finale will broadcast live on MAVTV Motorsports Network with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.

A radio broadcast of Saturday night’s race will be available on MRN and SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981).

Qualifying results: Reese’s 150 at Kansas Speedway

Pos. Car No. Driver Sponsor, OEM Best Time Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff
1 18 Ty Gibbs* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.575 176.615 2 2  –
2 20 Corey Heim* Craftsman Toyota 30.674 176.045 2 2 0.099
3 2 Nick Sanchez* Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet 30.675 176.039 2 2 0.1
4 15 Drew Dollar Sunbelt Rentals Toyota 30.911 174.695 2 2 0.336
5 46 JP Bergeron* Technofle Ford 30.989 174.255 2 2 0.414
6 28 Kyle Sieg* RSS Racing Chevrolet 31.025 174.053 2 2 0.45
7 30 Kris Wright* Wright Automotive Group Ford 31.038 173.98 1 2 0.463
8 35 Greg Van Alst* CB Fabricating Chevrolet 31.057 173.874 3 3 0.482
9 25 Parker Chase* NXTLVL Marine Toyota 31.09 173.689 2 2 0.515
10 2 Connor Mosack Nic Tailor Custom Underwear Chevrolet 31.147 173.371 3 3 0.572
11 6 Rajah Caruth* Max Siegal Inc. Chevrolet 31.22 172.966 1 2 0.645
12 40 Dean Thompson* Thompson Pipeline Group Chevrolet 31.436 171.778 2 2 0.861
13 73 Andy Jankowiak* Philips 66 Ford 31.772 169.961 4 4 1.197
14 69 Scott Melton Melton McFadden Insurance Agency Ford 32.389 166.723 3 3 1.814
15 55 Toni Breidinger* FP Movement Toyota 32.435 166.487 1 3 1.86
16 27 Zachary Tinkle* Indiana Owned Ford 32.436 166.482 1 1 1.861
17 11 Ron Vandermeir Jr. Mac Rak Inc Ford 32.551 165.894 2 2 1.976
18 12 Tony Cosentino Fast Track High Performance Driving Toyota 32.692 165.178 2 2 2.117
19 7 Eric Caudell Consolidated Electrical Distrubutors Toyota 33.087 163.206 3 3 2.512
20 1 D.L. Wilson* Tradinghouse Bar & Grill Chevrolet 33.674 160.361 3 4 3.099
21 66 Kyle Lockrow PedalinPup.com Ford 34.727 155.499 1 2 4.152
22 10 Arnout Kok Brand South Africa Toyota 36.114 149.526 2 2 5.539
23 6 Wayne Peterson GreatRailing.com Chevrolet 51.5 104.854 1 1 20.925