Armstrong, an 18 year old from New Castle, Ind. posted a speed of 186.499 mph in qualifying on Thursday.
“I’ve just got to thank everybody who’s worked on this car,” Armstrong said after qualifying ended Thursday. “They’ve been working on this car really hard. It seems like we’ve got the fastest car so everyone on the team’s psyched up.”
Armstrong’s qualifying time was just a little faster than his practice time on Thursday. His Cunningham Motorsports Dodge was second fastest in practice with a speed of 186.372 mph. The pole was Armstrong’s first in the ARCA series.
“When you’re a young racer, you grow up watching all these tracks like Talladega,” Armstrong said. “And then you get here and it’s almost hard to believe. I’m sure it will really hit me later. I’ll always remember this. It’s real exciting, and I’m happy I could be here.”
Mikey Kile, driver of the No. 25 Tag Heuer Eyewear Toyota will start on the outside of row one after posting a speed of 186.235 mph. That came just hours after having to change the engine in his Toyota. Kile said he didn’t think the engine would be an issue in the race today.
“All the motors on our team are good, so it really wasn’t an issue,” Kile said. “I was really pleased with our lap. We barely missed the pole.”
Alabama native Grant Enfinger will start today’s race from the eighth position. He posted a speed of 185.237 mph on Thursday. He finished third in his first race at Talladega in 2009.
Alli Owens, driver of the Electrifyingcareers.com Chevrolet, will start 11th today.
ARCA points leader Steve Arpin will start today’s race from the fifth position.
The ARCA 250 begins at 4 p.m. today at Talladega Superspeedway.