Jones takes pole at Michigan; MDM sweeps top-3 spots

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 16, 2017) -- Yesterday, Vinnie Miller knocked Brandon Jones off the top of the leader board in the final moments of practice. Today, Jones returned the favor and bumped Miller from the point, winning the General Tire pole award for Friday afternoon's Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan Int'l Speedway.

Jones, in the No. 8 Nexteer Chevrolet for MDM Motorsports, edged Miller by one-thousandth of a second  to win his second career ARCA pole. Jones circled the 2-mile superspeedway in 37.759 seconds, an average speed of 190.683 mph.

"It was a great lap out there…I don't think I could have done anything different," said Jones.

Jones also said he thinks the track will tighten up considerably during the race.

"We're thinking, handling-wise, that the track's going to get tighter as it goes, and we feel like we've adjusted pretty well for that. Hopefully, we can jump out in front and control the race."

Jones was glad to see his Michigan-based sponsor, Nexteer, get the pole.

"Nexteer is based out of Michigan so it was cool to get the pole for those guys. They have a lot of people here so we'd sure like to go one more and bring home the win. We feel like we have the car to do it. This car was built brand new."

Jones, who is also racing in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY race at Michigan, is the defending Corrigan Oil 200 winner. Jones feels like the ARCA race will help him for the XFINITY race.

"Biggest thing I see is how you'll set up for passes and the lines you'll use. I think those are the two biggest takeovers from the ARCA race to the XFINITY race."

Miller, in the No. 41 Peerless Steel Toyota, also for MDM, was second fastest at 190.678 mph. Miller will also have a lot of local support being from nearby Ortonville, Michigan. His sponsor, Peerless Steel, is also based out of Michigan.

Sheldon Creed, in the No. 28 AM Ortega Construction-United Rentals Toyota, qualified third, giving MDM the top three starting positions. Creed qualified with a speed of 190.652 mph, then brushed the wall coming off turn two on the second lap. His car sustained very minimal cosmetic damage and is expected to be good to go for the race.

Kyle Weatherman qualified the No. 78 Turn One Condos-St. Charles Glass Chevrolet in fourth for Mason Mitchell Motorsports, with Kyle Benjamin, making his return with Venturini Motorsports, qualifying in fifth in the No. 15 GO PUCK-Cometic Gasket Toyota.

The 36th running of the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan is Live on FS1 at 6 p.m. Look for Live timing, scoring and chat at arcaracing.com.

Don Radebaugh
dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

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