Townley turns quickest lap; Kimmel clinches

(KANSAS CITY – Oct. 4, 2013) – John Wes Townley zoomed to the top of the speed charts at Kansas Speedway Friday and will be among those expected to challenge for the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell later today.

Townley, Dylan Kwasniewski (second) and Justin Boston (fifth) gave Venturini Motorsports three of the top five cars during the 9-11:15 a.m. practice session. The Kansas Lottery 98.9 is scheduled to go green at 7:30 p.m. CT tonight and be live on Fox Sports 1. Townley, in the No. 15 Zaxby's Toyota, won the pole for the season-opening ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway, a race that he also won. His best lap at Kansas today was 176.056 mph.

Kwasniewski, in the No. 55 Royal Purple-Rockstar Energy Toyota, is making his ARCA Racing Series debut. Boston, driver of the No. 25 ZLOOP Computer & Recycling Toyota, is leading the SCOTT Rookie Challenge standings and is tied for the most Menards Pole Awards entering the Kansas Lottery 98.9 event.

Chad Boat was third in the list of best practice speeds in his No. 84 Billy Boat Performance Exhaust Toyota.

There were a few minor instances during the practice session. Mason Mitchell in the No. 82 Happy Cheeks Ford brushed the wall, as did Corey LaJoie in the No. 17 Uncle John’s Pride Smoked Sausage Ford. LaJoie was fourth-fastest in practice.

Frank Kimmel, in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota, turned 60 laps in practice. All he needed to do was one lap to clinch his unprecedented 10th ARCA Racing Series championship. He now has accumulated enough points to secure his season point championship – his first since 2007.

Thirty-two cars are entered in the Kansas Lottery 98.9.