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Rookie Briscoe sizzles at Toledo; wins 3rd pole of the season

TOLEDO, Ohio (May 21, 2016) – It just keeps getting better for Mitchell, Indiana’s Chase Briscoe. The current ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards point leader chalked up another Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell, this one at Toledo Speedway on Destination Toledo Pole Day Saturday afternoon.

(In the cover photo, Briscoe is flanked by Destination Toledo Pole Day representatives Julie Bolfa, left, and Sherri Hudson, right)

Briscoe, in the No. 22 Big Tine-Cunningham Motorsports Ford, is now three for five in pole awards in 2016.

“I’m a little surprised,” Briscoe said. “We were a little tight in the center and loose off in practice. But we adjusted on it and got it better. Didn’t know how much better we’d be, but good enough.”

Briscoe was only a 10th second off the track record, circling the half-mile track in 15.791 seconds, an average speed of 113.989 mph.

Briscoe’s teammate Myatt Snider was second on the board most of the way until Kyle Weatherman busted up the Cunningham front row party with the second fastest qualifying lap late in the going.

Weatherman, in the No. 58 St. Charles Glass-Lira Motorsports Ford, timed in at 15.848 seconds (113.579 mph).

Snider, making his career-first ARCA Racing Series attempt, qualified third at 15.873 (113.400 mph) in the No. 22 Original Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford. Snider is the son of longtime NASCAR pit road TV analyst Marty Snider.

Briscoe said he’d do all he could to help his teammate Snider in the race.

“We’ll do all we can to help him (Snider) in the race, but this isn’t Daytona or Talladega where drafting really comes into play. We’ve done really well with winning poles…leading the points…but we haven’t won yet. We need to seal the deal tomorrow. We should be good…we definitely have a top-three car, but I think we have the opportunity to dominate the race. Thanks to Briggs Cunningham and Kerry Scherer, everyone at Cunningham Motorsports. They bring the best…now I have to bring my best.”

Former Toledo late model track champion Brian Keselowski qualified fourth in his own No. 5 Keselowski-Gerhart Ford. Matt Kurzejewski, in the No. 52 Ansell-Menards Toyota for Ken Schrader Racing, qualified fifth.

Weatherman’s Lira Motorsports teammate Michael Lira qualified sixth in his first ARCA start since Iowa Speedway last year. Venturini Motorsports teammates Cole Williams and Dalton Sargeant were seventh and eighth. Sheldon Creed and Josh Williams were ninth and 10th.

Sunday’s Menards 200 will mark the 75th ARCA Racing Series race at Toledo since 1963. Sunday’s festivities get underway with an hour on-track driver autograph session from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., with pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions following at 1:30. The Menards 200 is on target to get the green flag at 2:21. The weather forecast for Sunday’s race is calling for clear, sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s.

The Menards 200 is live on the American Sports Network at 2:00 p.m. will feature live timing and scoring and live chat.

Don Radebaugh

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