Ty Gibbs Fastest at Salem, Tallies 10th General Tire Pole Award of 2021

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By Christian Koelle, Staff Writer

SALEM, IN. – Ty Gibbs will lead the field to green Saturday Night for the 10th time in 2021. 

Gibbs turned a 17.176-second (116.325-mph) lap around Salem Speedway to earn the pole on Saturday. 

Taylor Gray tied his career-best start of second, turning a 17.206-second (116.122-mph) lap. He was just .03-seconds off of his first career pole award in the ARCA Menards Series. He only has one other second-place start in his career coming at Iowa last season. 

Nick Sanchez, Jesse Love, and Corey Heim rounded out the top five. 

Gibbs would clinch the Sioux Chief Showdown Series championship Saturday Night if he finishes 17th or better. Not only is the Sioux Chief Showdown Series title on the line but with Salem being the second to the final race of the 2021 season, 27-points now separate Gibbs and Heim because of the extra point earned by Gibbs for the pole award. 

Starting Lineup from Salem

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Scott County Tourism at Salem goes live on MAVTV starting at 8 p.m. ET. The race can also be streamed via the NBC Sports Gold TrackPass program. An audio version of the race along with timing and scoring will also be available via the ARCA Menards Series website. 

Photo: Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle makes his debut with Kickin' the Tires in 2021 contributing ARCA Menards Series content. Koelle has been involved in the NASCAR Media scene since 2015 working for multiple outlets. Along with Kickin' in 2021, he joins Overbey Photography shooting photos in all three NASCAR series for clients. His favorite tracks include Nashville Superspeedway, Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

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