DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2009)— Justin Lofton earned the pole position at Daytona International Speedway on Friday afternoon with a time of 49.418 seconds (182.120 mph) around the 2.5-mile speed tri-oval. The Eddie Sharp Racing driver starts Saturday’s Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race alongside Daytona Beach, Florida native Alli Owens.   

“The car felt really good,” said Lofton. “Driving around here doesn’t require too much but a good handling car. We came here exactly with what Bryan Clauson sat on the pole with here in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race last year and it worked again.”

The top-five starters for Saturday’s ARCA RE/MAX Series race will all be sporting the Toyota nameplate, led by Lofton and Owens. Local favorite Owens, who drives for  D’Hondt Motorsports, qualified a career best second in the No. 19 ElectrifyingCareers.com Toyota with a time of 49.584 seconds (181.510 mph).   

“That was awesome,” said Owens. “I waited so long to be able to see my name up front at the top of the charts during qualifying and the crew and everyone over at Eddie D’Hondt racing has done a really good job supporting me. I want lots of pictures so all of you people out there taking pictures send them to me.  I thought to myself ‘here’s your chance Alli. Here’s your chance to accomplish what you’ve been waiting for.’ And I went out there and hit my marks, and I couldn’t be happier.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Joey Logano qualified third in a Toyota owned by Venturini Motorsports, followed by Michael Annett in the No. 01 Visit Japan Campaign Toyota and Brian Scott in the No. 8 Venturini-prepared Albertson’s Toyota. Five-time ARCA Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart starts sixth in the No. 5 Lucas Oil-Slick Mist Chevrolet, followed by James Buescher, Will Kimmel, Craig Goess and Tom Hessert.

STARTING GRID  

2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Event #1

 

 

 

Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona Beach FL, 2-7-09

 

 

Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POS

NO

DRIVER/HOMETOWN

TEAM & CAR

TIME

SPEED

1

6

Justin Lofton/Westmorland CA

Lofton Cattle Toyota

49.418

182.120

2

19

Alli Owens/Daytona Beach FL

ElectrifyingCareers.com Toyota

49.584

181.510

3

25

Joey Logano/Middletown CT

Home Depot Toyota

49.635

181.324

4

01

Michael Annett/Des Moines IA

Visit Japan Campaign Toyota

49.644

181.291

5

8

Brian Scott/Boise ID

Albertsons Toyota

49.670

181.196

6

5

Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA

Lucas Oil-Slick Mist Chevrolet

49.690

181.123

7

32

James Buescher/Plano TX

Wolfpack Rentals Toyota

49.691

181.119

8

68

Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN

Tim Dugger-Clarksville Schwinn & Cyclery Ford

49.783

180.785

9

81

Craig Goess/Greenville NC

Greenville Toyota Toyota

49.886

180.411

10

1

Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ

Buddy's Home Furnishings Ford

49.926

180.267

11

46

Matt Carter/Denver NC

Stine Seed-Liberty Link Ford

49.931

180.249

12

11

Bryan Silas/Stuart FL

RockinghamSpeedway.com-PBG Ford

49.947

180.191

13

15

Ryan Fischer/Surrey BC

Baby Mum-Mums Chevrolet

50.023

179.917

14

16

Joey Coulter/Miami Springs FL

Darrel Gwynn Foundation-Tempest Cycle Sales Chevy

50.038

179.863

15

28

Mikey Kile/Westlake LA

Greased Lightning Chevrolet

50.081

179.709

16

60

Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown FL

Ferguson Pipe-Quality Turf Dodge

50.157

179.437

17

51

Eddie Mercer/Pensacola FL

Miccosukee Resorts & Gaming Chevrolet

50.191

179.315

18

12

Mario Gosselin/Lake Wales FL

Habitations Dany Lagace-Dan Marc Contruction Chevy

50.214

179.233

19

52

Bill Baird/Sarasota FL

Saturn Welding Chevrolet

50.239

179.144

20

20

Steve Arpin/Fort Frances ON

FarmBoyBBQ-K2AG.com-Mesilla Valley Tranportation Toyota

50.248

179.112

21

30

Terry Jones/Amherstburg ON

Jones Group Racing-Wounded Warriors Dodge

50.250

179.104

22

75

Benny Chastain/Tallahassee FL

Bob Schacht Motorsports Chevrolet

50.320

178.855

23

33

Ricky Carmichael/Tallahassee FL

Monster Energy Chevrolet

50.324

178.841

24

44

Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN

Ansell-Menards Ford

50.359

178.717

25

14

Brett Butler/Lilburn GA

IndustrialDepot.com Ford

50.398

178.579

26

47

Peyton Sellers/Danville VA

SkillsUSA-Jig A Loo Chevrolet

50.409

178.540

27

00

Ed Kennedy/Coppell TX

Thunder 2-Daytona Lagoon Chevrolet

50.420

178.501

28

09

John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA

Zaxby's Franchising Ford

50.449

178.398

29

4

Ken Weaver/Dallas TX

1-800-4-A-Phone/Tricolor Dodge

50.449

178.398

30

77

Parker Kligerman/Westport CT

Cunningham Motorsports Driver Development Dodge

50.458

178.366

31

39

Michael Phelps/Suwanee GA

Copper Creek Hardware Chevrolet

50.544

178.063

32

90

Gabi DiCarlo/Phoenix AZ

Great Clips Toyota

50.595

177.883

33

99

John Ferrier/Concord NC

Escape RV Ford

Provisional

34

2

Tim George Jr./Petaluma CA

Ruby Tuesday Toyota

Provisional

35

45

Nur Ali/Fort Worth TX

A to Z Wholesale Dodge

Provisional

36

23

Larry Hollenbeck/Kalamazoo MI

SWAT Fitness Chevrolet

Provisional

37

84

Norm Benning/Pittsburgh PA

Shodeen Chevrolet

Provisional

38

34

Darrell Basham/Henryville IN

Anti Monkey Butt Powder Chevrolet

Provisional

39

24

Mike Harmon/Birmingport AL

HotJackets.com-DAB Constructors Chevrolet

Provisional

40

06

Barry Fitzgerald/Sykesville MD

TheBusPlace.com Ford

Provisional

41

29

Chris Cockrum/Conyers GA

Accu Tech-Mohawk Cable-Ortronics Chevrolet

Provisional

42

48

JR Fitzpatrick/Cambridge ON

TRG Motorsports Chevrolet

Provisional

43

94

Chase Mattioli/Long Pond PA

Liquid Fence-JoinAPS.com Chevrolet