BROOKLYN, Mich. – official series release – ARCA photo —
Rain showers that hit Michigan International Speedway this morning during Menards Pole Qualifying have caused ARCA Racing Series officials to cancel qualifying.
The starting grid for today’s Corrigan Oil 200 at MIS will be set by practice speeds from Thursday’s full, 2.5-hour session. It is the first time ARCA has used this procedure to set the starting lineup for a race. The new procedure was announced during the off-season.
Frank Kimmel, driver of the No 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota, will start first with Ross Kenseth next to him in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet. Kimmel’s practice speed was 187.383, about 1.5 seconds faster than Kenseth.
Kimmel was one of six cars to make it onto the track for Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell and was atop the leaderboard when it began to rain. The track was wet enough for officials to determine there would not be enough time to complete the full qualifying session due to the busy MIS schedule. In addition to ARCA qualifying, the NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Sprint Cup cars are also scheduled to be on the two-mile track in the Irish Hills area of Michigan this morning. Sprint Cup qualifying is today at 4:15 p.m.
The Corrigan Oil 200 is scheduled to begin just after 5:30 p.m. and will be live on Fox Sports 2.
CREDIT: ARCA Racing Series