In his first start of the 2022 season and his fourth overall, Sammy Smith won his first career ARCA Menards Series pole for tonight’s (March 11) race at Phoenix Raceway.
Smith recorded a pole-winning speed of 133.769 mph around the 1-mile circuit, more than a tenth of a second quicker than second place.
Smith, who recorded two top-five finishes in his three starts last season, will look to convert his front row start into his first career win.
Starting alongside Smith will be Taylor Gray. After a traffic accident in Texas killed team hauler driver Steven Stotts on March 8, there were questions about whether David Gilliland Racing would have another car ready in time by Friday night. Ultimately, the team decided to race, and the team will be racing with heavy hearts for the win tonight.
The General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway will take place on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. E.T., with TV coverage provided by MAVTV and FloRacing.
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Stephen Stumpf joined Frontstretch in September 2021. He is a staff writer and the Friday news writer. Stephen also pens the weekly “4 Burning Questions” column and contributes to “Friday Faceoff” and “2-Headed Monster.” A Texas native, Stephen started following NASCAR at age 9.
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