Rookie Ty Dillon Wins Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell for 3 Amigos 250 at Talladega
Front Row a Carbon Copy From Daytona With Fowler On the Outside
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A second superspeedway race meant a second superspeedway pole for ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards rookie Ty Dillon. Dillon drove the No. 41 Xinergy Chevrolet to a qualifying lap of 52.134 seconds (183.681 mph) to claim the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell for the second time this season and the third time in his five ARCA starts.

Dillon will start Friday's 3 Amigos 250 from the familiar first position, just inside Kyle Fowler and the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet, who also qualified second at Daytona in February. Fowler completed his lap in 52.163 seconds (183.578 mph), late in the session under impending darkness.            

Dillon, 19, and Fowler, 18, each made their first superspeedway start in February; Dillon finished 11th and Fowler finished 16th.

"It wasn't much of my doing," Dillon said. "The guys just put a really good piece together and it showed. We had a fast car at Daytona earlier this year and they went home and found more speed. I knew we had the car capable of getting the pole and we just went out there and did it. I didn't have to do much. I just held the wheel and held down the pedal."

Though he's won two poles for two races in 2011, Dillon knows the road might not be as simple when the series moves away from the superspeedways, starting with the May 1 race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, a 0.555-mile oval.

"I knew we'd have the equipment and the cars and the people, the resources and everything, but it puts it on my hands when we go to the short tracks and other tracks," he said. "These two tracks here put it (with) the guys working on the cars...and they've already proven themselves. For the rest of the season now, I've got to prove myself."

Fowler's start will be his seventh in the ARCA Racing Series.

"We definitely got a lot of momentum coming in from Daytona," said Fowler. "We were fast all day and fast at the test, and now we've got a great race car. I've just got to not make any mistakes and hope that we'll be up front at the end."

Fowler led 19 laps to start the race at Daytona, and hopes to again move from the second spot into the lead right away, especially after finding passing difficult in the late stages of the Daytona event.

"Considering we've got such a great race car, I'd love to be able to get out front," he said. "It's so hard to pass here. It's a lot about track position. I really just want to get out front and try to keep it there."

Tim George Jr. (No. 31 Potomac Family Dining Group/Applebee's Chevrolet) finished a career-high third at Talladega last season, and will have an opportunity to improve upon that result by starting from the third position.

Scott Lagasse Jr. (No. 25 Lauren Briant/University of Montevallo Toyota) is making his first ARCA Racing Series start since a 2008 win with Venturini Motorsports, and will start fourth in his return to the team.

Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota) qualified fifth. Brandon McReynolds, Joey Coulter, Milka Duno, Bryan Silas, and 2001 Talladega winner Bobby Gerhart, who also won at Daytona in February, complete the top 10 of tomorrow's starting lineup.

Fellow Talladega winners Dakoda Armstrong (2010) and Frank Kimmel (2006) qualified 13th and 22nd, respectively.

Alabama native Grant Enfinger, who has two top-10 finishes at his home track in the last two seasons, will start 17th.

Maryeve Dufault had qualified third, but her No. 12 Tony Marks Racing Dodge failed post-qualifying inspection and will start the race 39th.

2011 Event #2, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards  
Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega AL, 4-15-11    
3 Amigos 250    
        
April 14, 2011 / 7:55 PM    
        
POS NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TIME SPEED
1 41 Ty Dillon/Lewisville NC 52.134 183.681
2 15 Kyle Fowler/Smyrna GA 52.163 183.578
3 31 Tim George Jr./New York NY 52.340 182.958
4 25 Scott Lagasse Jr./St. Augustine FL 52.402 182.741
5 52 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ 52.488 182.442
6 4 Brandon McReynolds/Mooresville NC 52.494 182.421
7 16 Joey Coulter/Miami Springs FL 52.545 182.244
8 63 Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela 52.644 181.901
9 98 Bryan Silas/Stuart FL 52.647 181.891
10 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA 52.765 181.484
11 55 Hal Martin/Galliano LA 52.847 181.202
12 32 Matt Merrell/Portland TX 52.885 181.072
13 22 Dakoda Armstrong/New Castle IN 52.971 180.778
14 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX 52.986 180.727
15 19 Brian Rose/Louisville KY 53.034 180.563
16 6 Pierre Bourque/Ottawa ON 53.097 180.349
17 36 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL 53.111 180.302
18 94 Brett Hudson/Owensboro KY 53.138 180.210
19 82 Sean Corr/Goshen NY 53.176 180.081
20 1 Chad McCumbee/Supply NC 53.192 180.027
21 30 Terry Jones/Amherstburg ON 53.304 179.649
22 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN 53.432 179.218
23 77 Joey Licata/Van Nuys CA 53.565 178.773
24 68 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN 53.759 178.128
25 3 Brent Brevak/Eau Claire WI 53.762 178.118
26 51 Will Vaught/Crane MO 53.793 178.016
27 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadelphia OH 54.126 176.921
28 26 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI 54.727 174.978
29 48 James Hylton/Inman SC 54.765 174.856
30 23 Nick Igdalsky/Long Pond PA 55.242 173.346
31 75 Benny Chastain/Tallahassee FL 55.344 173.027
32 14 Barry Fitzgerald/Sykesville MD 55.766 171.718
33 11 Richard Harriman/Snohomish WA   Provisional
34 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN   Provisional
35 28 Rob Jones/Bowie MD   Provisional
36 06 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN   Provisional
37 10 Charlie Vest/Ocoee FL   Provisional
38 0 Tim Mitchell/Fayetteville TN   Provisional
39 12 Maryeve Dufault/Sorel Quebec   Provisional

The 94-lap, 250.04-mile 3 Amigos 250 airs live on SPEED at 4 p.m. Central tomorrow, with live timing and scoring and live audio presented by ARCA Nation and WTDR Thunder 92.7 FM at ARCARacing.com.


Ty Dillon accepts his ARCA Menards Pole Award at Talladega.  (ARCA Photo)