Daytona Beach, Fla – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran Tom Hessert, in the No. 25 Andrews-Renton Coil Spring/Venturini Motorsports Toyota, won the General Tire Pole Award Friday afternoon at Daytona Int’l Speedway for Saturday’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire.
Hessert, in the sixth qualifying group, was the last car off pit road among his six-car pack. His strategy was to lay way back in order to get a run. It worked.
“Being in the back of group was obviously advantageous, so we could sit way back and get a run,” said Hessert.
Hessert was so far back he seemed in danger of losing the draft altogether.
“I was worried about that….we were at least a couple hundred yards back. I was worried we weren’t going to get there, but the car did what it was supposed to do and we got it done.
“This is obviously a great start to the weekend for us. I want to thank Venturini Motorsports and all my guys on the crew…our sponsors Andrews, Renton Coil Spring, Musselman’s Apple Sauce…we’re excited for tomorrow.”
Hessert circled the 2.5-mile track in 48.143 seconds, an average speed of 186.943 mph. Hessert bumped Matt Tifft off the pole in the final minutes of qualifying. Tifft, in the NOS-Terrible Herbst Toyota, held on for the second qualifying position with a speed of 186.838 mph.
Bryan Dauzat, Kyle Weatherman and Willie Mullins completed the top-five qualifiers.
Saturday’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire is live on FS1, with live coverage beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. In addition, arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat. Local radio affiliate WNDB will also provide live audio coverage of the race, which will be streamed live over arcaracing.com.
Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Starting Lineup:
Row 1: Tom Hessert, Matt Tifft
Row 2: Bryan Dauzat, Kyle Weatherman
Row 3: Willie Mullins, Kaz Grala
Row 4: Ray Ciccarelli, Michael Self
Row 5: Austin Theriault, Dalton Sargeant
Row 6: Michael Lira, Terry Jones
Row 7: Derrick Lancaster, Bret Holmes
Row 8: Mark Thompson, Quin Houff
Row 9: Leilani Munter, Codie Rohrbaugh
Row 10: Shane Lee, Ricky Sanders
Row 11: Bobby Gerhart, Sean Corr
Row 12: Thomas Praytor, Bo LeMastus
Row 13: Travis Braden, John Ferrier
Row 14: Gus Dean, Caesar Bacarella
Row 15: Clint King, Ed Pompa
Row 16: A.J. Fike, Justin Fontaine
Row 17: Noah Gragson, Eric Caudell
Row 18: Brad Smith, Mike Senica
Row 19: Scott Edwards, Con Nicolopoulos
Row 20: Andy Seuss, David LeBeau