Ryan Blaney is off to a roaring start this week at Michigan International Speedway.
Blaney posted the fastest practice time Thursday, then won today's Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell in preparation for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Patriot Pumps 200 at 5 p.m. today.
Blaney, 19, turned the fastest lap in the qualifying session, running a top speed of 190.986 mph. He starts first in his Cunningham Motorsports No. 22 Dodge.
"The car is really good," said the Penske Racing driver. "Everyone on the Cunningham Motorsports team did a great job preparing the car."
Venturini Motorsports driver Brennan Poole starts second. He posted a solid time in Thursday's only practice session, but had to change motors when his engine blew. He was able to get the car back on the track for a few laps on the new motor then had a strong qualifying lap.
Rounding out the top five will be Frank Kimmel in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota, Justin Boston in the No. 25 ZLOOP Computers & Electronics Dodge and Mason Mitchell in the No. 99 Roulo Brothers Happy Cheeks-BeavEx-Reliance Tool Ford.
Kimmel will be gunning for career ARCA victory No. 79, a number that would tie him for the all-time series lead. Kimmel said he has perhaps his best car he's had at MIS in years - a place he's won three times.
"Our car is really good," he said. "It's running well."
Blaney will line up for his third start in the ARCA Racing Series. He made two ARCA Racing Series starts in 2011 under the Venturini Motorsports banner, finishing a career-best second at Lucas Oil Raceway after leading 67 laps. Blaney nearly won at Winchester Speedway in his ARCA Racing Series debut, leading 154 of 200 laps before a cut right-front tire relegated him to a sixth place finish.
"I love running in the ARCA Racing Series," Blaney said. "We've had a couple of chances to win before here. I have a chance to redeem myself today."