Allmendinger Wins Xfinity Pole at Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, NV -RIS – Allmendinger has won the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Allmendinger was near the end of qualifying when he pulled off his fast lap. It was fast enough for him to start first on Saturday night.

“I was hoping they were gonna tell me it was pretty good, because I didn’t really have much left in it,” Allmendinger said. “I was like, ‘Oh, please, let me cross the line and then tell me at least it’s a decent lap.’

“(The car) is pretty dialed in. We were a little bit tight in practice. (Crew chief) Bruce (Schlicker) did a great job making the adjustments going into qualifying. These qualifying (sessions) make me a little nervous again, because I actually haven’t done a lot of them in the Xfinity Series at tracks like this, so, good start to the day. We’ve got a long race ahead of us. But at least we get to lead the field.”

Cup regular Cole Custer will start on the outside front row. His lap of 179.793 mph in the No. 07 SS Green Light Racing Ford was on provisional pole for much of the session before Allmendinger took it away.

Row 2 features Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Brandon Jones (179.677 mph) and part-timer Trevor Bayne (179.582 mph). Bayne is beginning a seven-race schedule in JGR’s No. 18 Toyota this weekend.

Xfinity Series champion Daniel Hemric (178.620 mph) and Noah Gragson (178.554 mph) are in Row 3.

Austin Hill (177.061 mph), last week’s winner at Daytona, qualified on the outside of Row 4. He’ll share that row with Landon Cassill (177.927 mph).

Three drivers failed to qualify into the 38-car field: Joe Graf Jr., Will Rodgers and Brennan Poole. However, NASCAR later confirmed that Graf would replace Timmy Hill in the No. 38 RSS Racing Ford for the race.

Xfinity practice and qualifying took place in a joint session under a new format announced by NASCAR last November. For Auto Club, a 20-minute practice (all entries) preceded single-car, single-lap qualifying (all entries). Justin Allgaier was fastest in that practice, but could only qualify 20th (175.165 mph).

Green flag for the Production Alliance Group 300 is scheduled for 5:17 p.m on Saturday.

Starting Line Up: 26th Annual Alsco Uniforms 300, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) 
AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Action Industries Chevrolet, 29.318 sec, 184.187 mph
2) 
Josh Berry, No. 8 Tire Pros Chevrolet, 29.508, 183.001
3) 
Riley Herbst, No. 98 Circa Sports Ford, 29.550, 182.741
4) 
Noah Gragson, No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, 29.619, 182.315
5) 
Landon Cassill, No. 10 StormX Chevrolet, 29.645, 182.156
6) 
Daniel Hemric, No. 11 South Point Chevrolet, 29.648, 182.137
7) 
Ryan Truex, No. 18 Toyota Accessories Toyota, 29.726, 181.659
8) 
Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet, 29.769, 181.397
9) 
Sam Mayer, No. 1 Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet, 29.891, 180.656
10) 
John Hunter Nemechek(i), No. 26 Berry's Bullets Toyota, 29.901, 180.596
11) 
Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, 30.016, 179.904
12) 
Jeremy Clements, No. 51 First Pacific Funding Chevrolet, 30.022, 179.868
13) 
Brett Moffitt, No. 02 Half Off Wholesale Chevrolet, 30.144, 179.140
14) 
Jade Buford, No. 48 Big Machine Spiked Coolers Chevrolet, 30.181, 178.921
15) 
Austin Hill #, No. 21 Bennett Transportation and Logistics , 30.233, 178.613
16) 
Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 30.281, 178.330
17) 
Alex Labbe, No. 36 Southwest Site Services Chevrolet, 30.298, 178.230
18) 
Brandon Brown, No. 68 TradeTheChain.com Chevrolet, 30.305, 178.188
19) 
Matt Mills, No. 5 J.F. Electric Chevrolet, 30.326, 178.065
20) 
Ryan Sieg, No. 39 CMRoofing.com/A-Game Ford, 30.334, 178.018
21) 
Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Barracuda Pumps Toyota, 30.393, 177.672
22) 
Joe Graf Jr., No. 07 Bucked Up LFG BURN Ford, 30.420, 177.515
23) 
Kaz Grala(i), No. 45 Lilly Finance/Ruedebusch Chevrolet, 30.420, 177.515
24) 
Kyle Sieg #, No. 38 TopPool.com Ford, 30.518, 176.945
25) 
Anthony Alfredo, No. 23 Dude Wipes Chevrolet, 30.528, 176.887
26) 
Kyle Weatherman, No. 92 PORAC Chevrolet, 30.550, 176.759
27) 
Bayley Currey, No. 4 KSDT CPA Chevrolet, 30.583, 176.569
28) 
Ryan Vargas, No. 6 Swann Security Chevrolet, 30.628, 176.309
29) 
Stefan Parsons, No. 99 SOKAL Chevrolet, 30.658, 176.137
30) 
JJ Yeley, No. 66 Hex.com Ford, 30.720, 175.781
31) 
CJ McLaughlin, No. 28 Sci Aps Ford, 30.754, 175.587
32) 
Mason Massey, No. 91 BRUNT Workwear Chevrolet, 30.755, 175.581
33) 
Brennan Poole, No. 47 Lerner & Rowe Injury Lawyers Chevrolet, 30.901, 174.752
34) 
Myatt Snider, No. 31 TaxSlayer Chevrolet, 31.036, 173.991
35) 
Ryan Ellis, No. 44 Four Loko USA Chevrolet, 31.336, 172.326
36) 
Joey Gase, No. 35 Nevada Donor Network Toyota, 31.921, 169.168
37) 
Jesse Iwuji #, No. 34 Chevy Truck Month Chevrolet, 36.596, 147.557
38) 
Jeb Burton, No. 27 Alsco Uniforms Chevrolet, 0.000, 0.000
(i)
 Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie
Did Not Qualify: No. 08 David Starr, No. 13 Stan Mullis, No. 78 Josh Williams

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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