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Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 Monster Energy-Terrible Herbst-ORCA Toyota, celebrates winning the General Tire Pole Award ahead of the Arizona Lottery 100 for the ARCA Menards Series West at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona, on Nov. 6, 2021. (Caitlin O'Hara/ARCA Racing)

QUALIFYING: Ty Gibbs speeds to General Tire Pole Award at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Ty Gibbs, the freshly crowned ARCA Menards Series champion, is looking to finish his dominant 2021 season with a strong run in the Arizona Lottery 100 at Phoenix Raceway, the finale for the ARCA Menards Series West.

His speed in a combined practice/qualifying session Saturday morning at the one-mile paved tri-oval suggests the 19-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing driver indeed has a chance to end the year on a high note.

Ty Gibbs set the best lap in the 90-minute session at 26.654 seconds (135.064 mph). The driver who led the ARCA Menards Series field to green 15 times in 20 races this season will do so in the West Series for the second time in 2021; he also won the General Tire Pole Award for the West Series’ season opener at Phoenix in March, a combination event with the ARCA Menards Series.

Saturday’s Arizona Lottery 100, the ninth of nine West Series races this season, is a standalone West Series event.

Gibbs’ JGR teammate Sammy Smith will join him on the front row to start Saturday’s race after qualifying second.

Taylor Gray, Jake Garcia and Daniel Dye rounded out the top five in qualifying.

Of the seven drivers who enter the West Series season finale with chances to win the 2021 championship, the highest qualifier was Trevor Huddleston in 13th. P.J. Pedroncelli qualified 14th ahead of Jesse Love in 15th. Jake Drew will line up 17th, a few spots ahead of Cole Moore in 20th and Joey Iest in 21st. Todd Souza qualified 23rd.

The Arizona Lottery 100 is scheduled to take the green flag at noon MT / 3 p.m. ET. The race will be shown live on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass with radio coverage available on MRN and Sirius XM (XM channel 391, online channel 981).

Arizona Lottery 100 at Phoenix Raceway: Qualifying results

Pos. Car No. Driver Sponsor, OEM Best Time Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff.
1 18 Ty Gibbs * Monster Energy/Terrible Herbst/ORCA Toyota 26.654 135.064 13 13  –
2 81 Sammy Smith * EngineIce Toyota 26.794 134.358 17 18 0.14
3 71 Taylor Gray * Ripper Coffee Ford 26.843 134.113 4 19 0.189
4 45 Jake Garcia * DGR Ford 27.262 132.052 32 33 0.608
5 22 Daniel Dye * GMS Racing Chevrolet 27.264 132.042 11 11 0.61
6 46 J.P. Bergeron * DGR Ford 27.278 131.974 40 41 0.624
7 15 Drew Dollar Sunbelt Rentals Toyota 27.305 131.844 14 15 0.651
8 66 Rajah Caruth * Max Siegel Inc Chevrolet 27.369 131.536 25 31 0.715
9 2 Nick Sanchez Sunoco/Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet 27.445 131.171 28 29 0.791
10 20 Gracie Trotter Calico Coatings Toyota 27.62 130.34 29 29 0.966
11 25 Parker Chase * NXTLVL Marine Toyota 27.672 130.095 41 41 1.018
12 30 Max Gutierrez * ToughBuilt Ford 27.802 129.487 30 30 1.148
13 6 Trevor Huddleston Sunrise Ford/Haas/Terraclean Ford 27.895 129.055 2 47 1.241
14 33 Paul Pedroncelli Jr. Select Mobile Bottlers Toyota 27.917 128.954 39 44 1.263
15 16 Jesse Love NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 27.919 128.944 4 17 1.265
16 55 Toni Breidinger * Hair Club Toyota 27.972 128.7 40 41 1.318
17 9 Jake Drew * Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Stilo USA/Offset Ford 27.995 128.594 21 34 1.341
18 17 Conner Jones * Jones Utilities Chevrolet 28.038 128.397 39 40 1.384
19 51 Dean Thompson * Thompson Pipe Group Ford 28.043 128.374 3 42 1.389
20 99 Cole Moore * NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota 28.108 128.077 5 29 1.454
21 54 Joey Iest * AG Center 59/Basilla Ranch Ford 28.121 128.018 26 28 1.467
22 4 Eric Nascimento * Custom Autobody/RJ’s/Skipco Toyota 28.267 127.357 39 44 1.613
23 13 Todd Souza Central Coast Cabinets Toyota 28.744 125.244 56 59 2.09
24 8 John Borneman Borneman Racing Ford 29.013 124.082 23 30 2.359
25 7 Takuma Koga RiseUP/CKB Toyota 29.021 124.048 36 38 2.367
26 88 Bridget Burgess HMH Construction Chevrolet 29.152 123.491 51 52 2.498
27 78 Travis Milburn Kart Idaho/Quick Quack Car Wash Toyota 29.234 123.144 4 5 2.58
28 80 Brian Kamisky SK Construction/Ward’s Concrete Toyota 29.259 123.039 53 68 2.605
29 21 Josh Fanopoulos * Stoney’s Rockin Roadhouse/Certified Svcs Toyota 29.827 120.696 32 57 3.173
30 19 Sebastian Arias * Rubbermaid Commercial Prod/Brady IFS Toyota 30.042 119.832 45 77 3.388
31 77 Ryan Roulette * Jans/Bellator Recruiting/Proper Patriot Toyota 30.407 118.394 28 33 3.753
32 8 Caleb Costner * Kart Idaho Ford 30.472 118.141 21 34 3.818
33 27 Bobby Hillis Jr. First Impression Press/VD Projects Toyota 30.869 116.622 3 8 4.215
34 31 Paul Pedroncelli * Pedroncelli Mobile Bottling Chevrolet 34.216 105.214 3 8 7.562