Boston wins Menards pole award at Salem - again

Boston wins Menards pole award at Salem - again
(SALEM, Ind. – Sept. 14, 2013) – Justin Boston won his second Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell today and will start on the pole for tonight’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care at The Salem Speedway Fueled by The Hoosier Lottery. Boston, in the No. 25 ZLOOP Computer & Recycling Toyota, also won the pole at Salem Speedway for the ARCA race in April. The Venturini Motorsports driver hails from Baltimore, Maryland, and is third in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards championship point standings with three races remaining. He has 14 top 10 finishes on the season.

The 200-lap, 100-mile race is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.

17-year-old Austin Wayne Self, driving for Cunningham Motorsports, will start second. Frank Kimmel, a nine-time winner at Salem, Kyle Benjamin and Kyle Weatherman round out the list of top five qualifiers.

Tom Hessert, a Cunningham teammate of Self’s, has won the past two ARCA races at Salem. He will start ninth.

Mason Mingus, in the No. 32 Call Before You Dig Toyota, will start at the rear after changing a motor. Mingus was one of the fastest cars during the early practice session, but the team found a problem with the motor during the second practice session, prompting them to change it. The car did not qualify.

Mingus is tied with Boston entering tonight’s race for the SCOTT Rookie Challenge point lead. The title chase counts the best 15 races of the season for a rookie driver.

Spencer Gallagher, in the No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet, will also start at the rear. During the early practice session, Gallagher scrapped the wall and the team did not make the repairs in time to make the technical inspection line, although it did take a qualifying lap.

Boston’s time of 17.314, or 115.398 mph, was slower than his April qualifying lap, but still fastest in the 30-car field.

Boston enters the race on the heels of veteran Frank Kimmel for ARCA’s Bill France 4 Crown Championship. The Bill France Four Crown provides a link to the series’ roots, featuring a diverse combination of tracks in any given season. Four Crown points are allocated without qualifying or in-race bonuses, and distributed in the same method as in the official series standings.

This year’s 4-Crown race schedule includes Michigan Int’l Speedway (superspeedway), New Jersey Motorsports Park (road course), Springfield (mile dirt oval), and Salem (short track).

Kimmel has 555 points through the first three stops on the 4 Crown title chase with Boston right behind him at 540.