Friday afternoon John Wes Townley won the pole for the ARCA Racing Series' season opening race the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first career pole for Townley in the ARCA Series.
He set the No. 15 Zaxby's Toyota of Venturini Motorsports on the pole with a speed of 181.313 mph.
“I’m so excited,” Townley said. “It’s great for Venturini Motorsports, and certainly great for Zaxby’s. Tomorrow’s going to be the day that really counts, but it means a lot to be able to come here and get the pole. We just need to come out tomorrow and back it up. The car is working very well in the draft too, so I think it’ll hold up very well in the race.”
Townley finished fourth at Daytona in 2009 and third in 2010 as he looks for his first career ARCA win.
His teammate at Venturini Motorsports, Milka Duno grabbed the second position in the No. 35 Toyota. It will be Duno's first race with the team. Bobby Gerhart will start in third in the No. 5. He has won the past three Daytona ARCA races and is always the man to beat at Daytona. Staring fourth is Darrell Wallace Jr in another one of Venturini Motorsports cars. Rounding out the top five is Julian Jousse in the No. 94 Toyota.
Grant Enfinger qualified sixth, Ricky Ehrgott seventh, Chris Buescher eighth, Mason Mingus ninth, and Tom Hessert tenth. Kyle Larson will roll off from 11th in his Turner Scott Motorsports No. 4 car. Nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel will start from 19th.
There is a final practice at 10 a.m. Saturday which will then be followed by the 80-lap Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real which can be seen live on SPEED at 4:30 p.m ET.Tags: ARCA Racing Series, Bobby Gerhart, Chris Buescher, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daytona International Speedway, Frank Kimmel, Grant Enfinger, John Wes Townley, Kyle Larson, Milka Duno, Motorsports, Venturini Motorsports