Swindell Earns Second Career Menards Pole Award
Kevin Swindell earned his second career Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell this morning at Chicagoland Speedway, taking the top spot when Venturini Motorsports teammate Brennan Poole's lap was disallowed. Swindell will start first in tonight's Ansell ActivArmr® 150.
Swindell (No. 55 Curb Records Toyota) completed his qualifying lap in 30.64 seconds (176.24 mph), and will roll off first in an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event for the first time since the 2010 season finale at Rockingham Speedway. Poole had edged him by 0.011 second, but his time was taken away after the post-qualifying inspection for cars in the top five.
James McBride, a Chicago-based territory manager for Ansell, presented the pole award to Swindell in Chicagoland Speedway's Victory Lane.
Today's speed was no fluke for Swindell, a part-time ARCA competitor. Yesterday, the three-time defending Chili Bowl Midget Nationals champion finished second on the practice speed chart behind Poole.
"We were really good yesterday," Swindell said. "We probably need to make another mock (qualifying) run to get down there where Brennan was, but we were really good. I put down a good lap today and tried to make sure it was a good one, that I didn't over-do it."
Swindell feels confident about his car in race trim as well.
"I was really happy with where we ended with the balance yesterday on older tires," he said. "I think we've got something really good to race today."
Coulter Motorsports' Matt Lofton, today's Team Messina Rookie Spotlight on SPEED's live race broadcast at 5 p.m. ET, will start second. Nelson Canache and Ryan Reed, teammates at Venturini Motorsports, will fill the second row. Chad Hackenbracht, who led a race-high 45 laps at Chicagoland last year, will start fifth.
Spencer Gallagher, Alex Bowman, past Chicagoland winner Frank Kimmel, Will Kimmel, and points leader Chris Buescher comprise the rest of the top 10.
SPEED will air today's 100-lap, 150-mile Ansell ActivArmr® 150 live at 5 p.m. Times listed here are Eastern, one hour ahead of Chicagoland Speedway and Central Standard Time. ARCARacing.com will also provide live timing and scoring coverage of the race.