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Bobby McCarty captures The Race at Ace 125 pole

Bobby McCarty and Corey Heim will lead the field to green in the first CARS Tour race since the start of the global coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 28 Late Model Stock Cars checked in for time trials for the Race at Ace 125 with McCarty pacing the .400-mile short track at 15.506 seconds.

“We have 28 cars and I didn’t want to be mid-pack,” McCarty said. “Qulaifying hasn’t been my strong suit. It’s something I’ve struggled with and I’ve been very open about that. To come out P1 in qualfiying is cool to me.

“We spent practice working on race runs and watched everyone tape up and I don’t like looking at the leader board and seeing us in 20th but we stuck to the plan. We just figured we’d rather win the race than win the pole. I’m happy with the pole but I just wanted to be away from all the stuff that could happen.”

Ace Speedway can be a tricky track for a variety of reasons.

First, starts and restarts are often messy as everyone wants to get to the bottom as quickly as possible, with the shape of the first corner often complicating that process. And then there’s a bump in Turn 4 that if you hit it wrong, could force a car off the bottom and off the pace until it can get back to the preferred groove.

That’s what Heim will be dealing with for 125 laps on Saturday night.

“I raced here last week, and 90 percent of the passes were made in the first couple of laps,” Heim said. “There’s a lot going on and it’s easy to get freight trained. But I’m on the front row so that helps.”

McCarty doesn’t expect long green flag runs, so lapped traffic may not be a significant issue.

“You get this many cars at Ace and the accordian effect will sit in,” McCart said. “It’s been awhile since we’ve raced. Everyone is antsy so I don’t think we’ll see a long green flag run.

“I hope we have long runs because my car really kicks in around Lap 10, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

The complete starting lineup and time trial results can be found below.

  1. Bobby McCarty – 15.506
  2. Corey Heim – 15.530
  3. Ryan Millington – 15.55
  4. Sammy Smith – 15.557
  5. Trebor Ward – 15.562
  6. Justin Carroll – 15.583
  7. Justin Johnson – 15.613
  8. Jared Fryar – 15.619
  9. Layne Riggs – 15.625
  10. Mini Tyrrell – 15.655
  11. Jonathan Findley – 15.664
  12. Nolan Pope – 15.665
  13. Johs Berry – 15.673
  14. Taylor Gray – 15.677
  15. Chad McCumbee – 15.682
  16. Bubba Pollard – 15.698
  17. Blake Stallings – 15.723
  18. Matt Cox – 15.725
  19. Deac McCaskill – 15.760
  20. Jonathan Shafer – 15.777
  21. Gage Painter – 15.780
  22. Brandon Pierce – 15.786
  23. Connor Mosack – 15.800
  24. Ronald Hill – 15.807
  25. Adam Lemke – 15.852
  26. Tyler Matthews – 15.875
  27. Camden Gullie – 15.902
  28. Jessica Cann – 15.987

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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