Grala Nabs First ARCA Pole In Pocono Qualifying

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Kaz Grala celebrates after earning the General Tire Pole Award at Pocono Raceway. (ARCA photo)

LONG POND, Pa. — Kaz Grala barnstormed ARCA Racing Series qualifying on Friday afternoon at Pocono Raceway, capturing the General Tire Pole Award for the Modspace 150.

Grala continued a sizzling summer run for MDM Motorsports across all facets of the team, posting a time of 52.787 seconds (170.497 mph) in the No. 41 Chevrolet to score his first-career ARCA pole in just his second series start.

The 18-year-old Massachusetts native opened the season with a victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona Int’l Speedway, and Grala is racing in both the ARCA Racing Series and the Truck Series this weekend at Pocono.

Practice pacesetter Justin Haley, looking for his third ARCA win in his last three ARCA starts, timed in second-fastest (52.884/170.184) and will join Grala on the front row in the No. 78 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet.

A pair of Toyota drivers qualified on the second row, with Zane Smith clocking the third-fastest lap (53.039/169.686) for Venturini Motorsports and June Pocono winner Riley Herbst lining up fourth (53.559/168.039) for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Sheldon Creed completed the top five in another MDM Motorsports entry, followed by Noah Gragson, Codie Rohrbaugh, Gus Dean, Bret Holmes and Dalton Sargeant.

The ARCA Racing Series Modspace 150 is slated for a 4 p.m. start at Pocono Raceway. FOX Sports 1 will carry the race broadcast on same-day tape delay at 6 p.m.

Full qualifying results can be viewed on the next page…

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