AUDIO/QUALIFYING: Rain Steals the Show; Cindric Claims ARCA Pole in Washout

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LONG POND, Pa. — Audio and recap by Race Chaser Online Northeast Correspondent Kyle Magda — ARCA photo —

Rain, rain go away.

Mother Nature didn’t cut Pocono Raceway a break Friday afternoon as rain washed out Menards Pole Qualifying for the ARCA Racing Series.

ARCA officials set the lineup by final practice speeds, 17-year-old Austin Cindric starts first in the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. Cindric turned a lap faster than the old-track record in Thursday’s second-and-final practice at 51.848 seconds (173.854 mph). With weather canceling qualifying, Brennan Poole’s track-qualifying record of 51.857 seconds (173.554 mph) is safe.

“We unloaded with a quick car and, between testing and practice 1 and practice 2, we just kept on tuning on it and obviously, we ended up where we were on the speed charts<” Cindric said. “Today, it’s all about executing. I think we have the equipment to do it, we definitely have the team to do it and I feel like I’m very confident in where my driving is right now, so we’ll see.”

ARCA cars were the first ones to take to the Trick Triangle Thursday after Tuesday’s open test before the XFINITY Series cars made history at Pocono Raceway by turning the series’ first laps in track history. The first NXS practice sandwiched in between both first and final ARCA Racing Series practices.

“Honestly, it didn’t change too much of the track’s characteristics,” Cindric said “Everybody did seem to get faster, so maybe the more rubber that’s laid down with more grip, I don’t know. It’ll be interesting to see how it is with the different weather, cooler temperatures and probably some fog in the area, so that’ll kind of be interesting as well.”

“We have a fast car. A fast car and a good combination of timing and we did a mock run, and so it just what happened.”

Most of Friday’s on-track activity got washed out except for an abbreviated Cup practice early Friday morning.

Venturini Motorsports driver Dalton Sargeant ran a full second behind Cindric’s No. 99 PIRTEK Ford, but the Florida native posted the second-fastest time in final practice and starts second once the green flag drops on the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200.

“It’s pretty good for the most part,” Sargeant said about his car. “We used yesterday as kind of a learning day as well, kind just of still figuring out the place some. It does seem like everbody’s chasing the 99 right now. He’s pretty fast it seems, but overall we got a great No. 55 Windows 10 Toyota Camry. Everybody at Venturini Motorsports is doing a great job, just keeping the car up front. I think we’re working on some things. I think this weather is going to come into play in a little bit and we’ll just have to be smart in the race and see how things unfold.

“I think we just have to have good pit stops and be smart. I don’t know how many cautions are going to fall, but overall I think we do have a shot.”

Two VMS cars occupy the top-three spots with Camping World Truck Series driver William Byron making a rare appearance in the series was third quick in practice and rolls off from that spot. Byron saw Pocono Raceway for the first time Thursday afternoon and caught on quick to the 2.5-mile track.

“Our car is really good so far,” Byron said. “We had that practice where we could do a mock run at the end and it was kind of a land rush to get two laps in after somebody I think wrecked. We have a good car like I said, we starting third, so I’ll look to see what we can do at the start of the race and see if whether the leader chooses the bottom or the top, but either way, we going to stay in the race and have good pit stops and get to the end and go for it.” I think the practices we had yesterday were plenty enough for me to figure out the racetrack.

“With the way the Truck Series is, I don’t get any test days to go figure places out. I have to go out there and figure it out the day of or the day before, so that’s a pretty normal procedure for me. I was glad that I got to figure the racetrack out and we got the car a little bit better and I think our combination of that is going to help for the race today. Hopefully, we get it in later this evening.”

Myatt Snider and Kyle Benjamin complete the top-five as composite-bodied cars swep the first five spots. Noah Gragson’s No. 78 Chevrolet led the steel-bodied bunch in sixth as two steel cars were in the top-10 with Justin Haley being the other (10th).

Brandon Jones, Chase Briscoe, John Wes Townley and Haley rounded out the top-10 as 36 cars will start the 80-lap event. The scheduled green-flag time for the 200-mile race is at 5:45 p.m. ET and can be seen live on FOX Sports 1.

 

Audio with Austin Cindric:

Audio with Dalton Sargeant:

Audio with William Byron:

 

STARTING GRID: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards; General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200; Pocono Raceway; June 3, 2016

  1. Austin Cindric
  2. Dalton Sargeant
  3. William Byron
  4. Myatt Snider
  5. Kyle Benjamin
  6. Noah Gragson
  7. Brandon Jones
  8. Chase Briscoe
  9. John Wes Townley
  10. Justin Haley
  11. Kyle Weatherman
  12. Will Kimmel
  13. Grant Enfinger
  14. Matt Kurzejewski
  15. Brady Boswell
  16. Tom Hessert
  17. Shane Lee
  18. Bo LeMastus
  19. Ryan Reed
  20. Josh Williams
  21. Bobby Gerhart
  22. Tom Berte
  23. Ed Pompa
  24. Thomas Praytor
  25. George Cushman
  26. Dustin Knowles
  27. Chris Bailey
  28. Ray Ciccarelli
  29. Brad Smith
  30. Steve Fox
  31. Mike Basham
  32. Dick Doheny
  33. Don Thompson
  34. Dale Matchett
  35. Con Nicolopolous
  36. Brian Kaltreider

 

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