Sammy Smith Snags ARCA East Pole at New Smyrna

Last year's series champion will lead the field to green in the 2022 opener.


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Last year's ARCA Menards Series East champion will also start the 2022 season leading the field to the green flag.

Sammy Smith, driving the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry, qualified on the pole for Tuesday's ARCA Menards Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway. The field was set during a 90-minute practice/qualifying session on Tuesday afternoon.

"The car feels really good," Smith told Racing America. "The guys from KBM brought me a fast TMC Toyota Camry, so I feel pretty good about it. Hopefully we can finish in the same position we're starting."

Taylor Gray qualified second, followed by Donald Theetge, Leland Honeyman and Mason Diaz.

In Tour-type Modified qualifying for their 35-lap feature Tuesday night, Ron Silk set fast time with a lap of 17.364 seconds. Teddy Hodgdon clocked in second, followed by Tom Martino, Jr., Matt Hirschman and Jimmy Blewett.

Jesse Love was fastest in Super Late Model qualifying, followed by Derek Griffith, Jake Finch, Gabe Sommers and Sammy Smith.

ARCA Menards Series East

1. Sammy Smith
2. Taylor Gray
3. Donald Theetge
4. Leland Honeyman
5. Mason Diaz
6. Logan Misuraca
7. Max Gutierrez
8. Willie Mullins
9. Christian Rose
10. Stephanie Moyer
11. Ed Pompa
12. Tony Cosentino
13. Steve Austin
14. Brad Smith
15. Zachary Tinkle
16. Caleb Costner

Tour-type Modifieds

1. Ron Silk
2. Teddy Hodgdon
3. Tom Martino, Jr.
4. Matt Hirschman
5. Jimmy Blewett
6. Stephen Kopcik
7. Spencer Davis
8. Patrick Emerling
9. Ronnie Williams
10. Marcello Rufrano
11. Craig Lutz
12. Michael Christopher, Jr.
13. Brian Robie
14. J.R. Bertuccio
15. Chris Andretta
16. Chris Young
17. Dillon Steuer
18. Tommy Catalano
19. Timmy Catalano
20. Andrew Krause
21. David Sapienza
22. Paul Charette
23. Tyler Rypkema
24. Dylan Slepian
25. Joey Coulter
26. Kyle Sisco
27. Tyler Truex
28. Earl Paules
29. Anthony Bello
30. Tyler Catalano
31. Jeremy Gerstner
32. Chris Ridsdale
33. Rich Parker
34. Chris Dewalt
35. Jonathan Laurigh

Super Late Models

1. Jesse Love
2. Derek Griffith
3. Jake Finch
4. Gabe Sommers
5. Sammy Smith
6. Brad May
7. Justin Drawdy
8. Bubba Pollard
9. Ryan Preece
10. Justin Mondeik
11. Memphis Villarreal
12. Michael Hinde
13. Austin Thom
14. Joey Miller