Rookie Shane Lee earns career-first pole at Chicagoland; SCOTT 150 Live on FS1

Rookie Shane Lee earns career-first pole at Chicagoland; SCOTT 150 Live on FS1

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 15, 2016) - Newton, North Carolina's Shane Lee, in Kevin Cywinski's No. 32 Win-Tron Racing Toyota, earned his career-first Menards Pole presented by Ansell Thursday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway in preparation for tonight's SCOTT 150, live on FS1 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Lee circled the 1.5-mile track in 30.468 seconds, an average speed of 177.235 mph. His previous best qualifying run was third at Pocono where he finished a career-best fourth back in late July.Shane Lee Car Shot Chicagoland 2016

"We just built off our success at Pocono," Lee said. "I didn't expect to go that fast. We didn't even make a mock run in practice, so I'm as surprised as anyone. But that first lap stuck, and we were good from there.

"We built a new (composite) car for Pocono and it made all the difference. We built off that momentum and the car is every bit as good here. I think I made my crew pretty nervous on that run."

Lee edged ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship leader Chase Briscoe for the pole by just .035 seconds.

"This is just awesome," Lee continued. "This is the first time I've ever seen this place...first time on a mile-and-a-half track."

Lee also said the bumps in turns three and four got his attention.

"One and two are good, no problem, but three and's rough down there. That surprised me. But we found a good line in practice through there and stuck with it."

Lee is not so sure how the track will change, going from day to night.

"I don't know how this places races, whether it's day or night so I'm not real worried about it. I know we're going to have to free it up a bit."

Lee became the 16th different ARCA Pole winner at Chicagoland in as many races.

Briscoe rolls off second tonight in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford for Cunningham Motorsports. John Wes Townley (05 Jive Communications-Zaxby's Chevrolet), Chad Finley (51 Auto Value Parts Stores-Air Lift Chevrolet) and Matt Kurzejewski (52 Ansell-Menards Toyota) completed the top-five qualifiers.

Ty Majeski, in the No. 17 Forest County Potawatomi Ford, qualified sixth. Majeski, driving for Roulo Brothers Racing, is the only steel body car in the top-10. Kyle Weatherman, Christopher Bell, Dalton Sargeant and Austin Cindric completed the top-10.

Local favorite/Chicagoan Brent Sherman hasn't raced an ARCA car in 10 years, yet he qualified 11th in Mason Mitchell's No. 98 Chevrolet. Sherman brought a local sponsor along for tonight's race - A. Marek Fine Jewelry.

This year’s SCOTT® 150 at Chicagoland will set the stage for an exciting weekend of NASCAR racing action including Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races. The weekend also kicks off NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, the playoff system used to crown the 2016 Sprint Cup champion.

No Repeat ARCA Winners at Chicagoland
In 15 consecutive ARCA races at Chicagoland, there have been no repeat race winners among drivers. Former ARCA Chicagoland winners are Ed Berrier (2001), Chad Blount (2002), Frank Kimmel (2003), Kyle Krisiloff (2004), Dawayne Bryan (2005), Steve Wallace (2006), Michael McDowell (2007), Scott Lagasse, Jr. (2008), Justin Lofton (2009), Patrick Sheltra (2010), Ty Dillon (2011), Kevin Swindell (2012), Corey LaJoie (2013), Mason Mitchell (2014) and Ryan Reed (2015). 

Don Radebaugh


Awesome job Shane Lee and Win-Tron Racing!!!!