By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer
JOLIET, Ill. — The month of June has been quite kind to Sheldon Creed and that continued on Thursday at Chicagoland Speedway where Creed took the top spot for the ARCA Racing Series SCOTT 150. It was the second consecutive General Tire Pole Award for the 20-year-old driver as he won from the top starting spot last weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Creed’s lap at 176.194 mph in the No. 28 United Rentals Toyota edged his MDM Motorsports teammate Zane Smith at 176.005 mph in the LaPaz Margarita Mix Toyota.
Creed earned his first career ARCA win earlier this month at Michigan International Raceway and his strong performance as of late has resulted in a 150-point lead over Smith in the championship standings.
Michael Self was the quickest in practice and will start third in the No. 15 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. Codie Rohrbaugh and Riley Herbst rounded out the top-five.
Chase Purdy, Gus Dean, Todd Gilliland, Travis Braden and Austin Hill completed the top-10 starting positions.
Venturini Motorsports is making history tonight as they will be the first team in modern stock car racing history to start three women in a single race. Natalie Decker had the best qualifying effort of the trio and will roll off from the 11th position in the No. 25 N29 Capital Partners Toyota. Breidinger will start 17th in the No. 55 Toyota with Leilani Munter starting 19th in the No. 20 VeganStrong.com Toyota.
The 20-minute timed session wasn’t without incident, as Breidinger and Will Rodgers made contact on pit road that resulted in both teams making repairs in the garage area. Breidinger was able to make a qualifying lap, but Rodgers’ team didn’t want to risk an issue on track as they could clearly see damage on the right side of the No. 52 Drydene Ford. Rodgers will start from the 27th and final position.
Bret Holmes and his No. 23 team did not make the trip to Chicagoland. A Wayne Peterson car is adorned with the No. 23 to keep Holmes’ team alive for the various points payouts in the series.