Rain Cancels New Hampshire Qualifying. Custon on Pole

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Loudon, NH – RIS – The rains came and finally y NASCAR Xfinity qualifying was cancelled at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.  Cole Custer attained rights to the No. 1 spot for his Stewart Haas Racing No. 00 Ford Mustang due to NASCAR’s qualifying metric, which has The points leader in the series to take the number one position. Custer has a career-best finish of second at New Hampshire in 2019 and won here in 2014 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Chandler Smith joins Custer on the front row. A two-time winner this year at Phoenix Raceway and Richmond Raceway, Smith receives his fourth runner-up start of the season, matching his best start of the season.

Last week’s winner at Iowa Speedway, Sam Mayer, and Custer’s SHR teammate Riley Herbst make up row two. Sheldon Creed, Smith’s JGR teammate, completes the top five.

Sammy Smith, Corey Heim, Parker Kligerman, Ryan Sieg and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top 10.

Christopher Bell makes his first start since September 2022 when he raced at Darlington Raceway. The three-time Louden winner will start 23rd in the JGR No. 20.

Piloting the No. 17 for Hendrick Motorsports, Alex Bowman draws 37th from the metric. Bowman will compete in his first Xfinity race since Watkins Glen International in 2023.

Thirty-nine drivers were prepared to qualify for the field of 38. Therefore, due to the qualifying metric, Jade Buford in the Mike Harmon Racing No. 74 Chevrolet did not qualify for tomorrow’s (June 22) race. Buford and MHR were attempting their season debut today.

Starting Line Up: Sci Aps 200 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car
1) Cole Custer, No. 00 Haas Automation Ford
2) Chandler Smith, No. 81 Smith General Contracting Toyota
3) Sam Mayer, No. 1 10X Health Chevrolet
4) Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford
5) Sheldon Creed, No. 18 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota
6) Sammy Smith, No. 8 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet
7) Corey Heim(i), No. 26 Yahoo! Toyota
8) Parker Kligerman, No. 48 Spiked Lite Coolers Chevrolet
9) Ryan Sieg, No. 39 Sci Aps Ford
10) Matt DiBenedetto, No. 38 Sci Aps Ford
11) Anthony Alfredo, No. 5 Steele Group/Anchor Advisors Chevrolet
12) Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet
13) Austin Hill, No. 21 Bennett Transportation Chevrolet
14) Leland Honeyman #, No. 42 RANDCO Industries Chevrolet
15) Jesse Love #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet
16) Ryan Ellis, No. 43 United Construction & Forestry Chevrolet
17) Josh Williams, No. 11 Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet
18) Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Impel Union Chevrolet
19) Kyle Sieg, No. 28 Onsite Power Academy Ford
20) Jeb Burton, No. 27 Bommarito.com Chevrolet
21) Brennan Poole, No. 44 Frontline Fire Protection Chevrolet
22) AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Campers Inn RV Chevrolet
23) Christopher Bell(i), No. 20 Mobil 1 Toyota
24) Parker Retzlaff, No. 31 FUNKAWAY Chevrolet
25) Justin Bonsignore, No. 19 M3 Technology's Toyota
26) Nathan Byrd, No. 92 ClearCore Solutions Chevrolet
27) Patrick Emerling, No. 07 Laquerre's Power Sports Chevrolet
28) Shane Van Gisbergen#, No. 97 WeatherTech Chevrolet
29) Brandon Jones, No. 9 Menards/Watts Chevrolet
30) Hailie Deegan #, No. 15 VIVA Tequila Seltzer Ford
31) Mason Massey(i), No. 14 Brunt Workwear Chevrolet
32) Kyle Weatherman, No. 91 DriveSmartWarranty.com Chevrolet
33) Blaine Perkins, No. 29 AutoParkit.com Ford
34) Garrett Smithley, No. 4 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet
35) Glen Reen, No. 35 New Wave Bath Chevrolet
36) Armani Williams, No. 6 Doug Flutie Jr Fdn for Autism Chevrolet
37) Alex Bowman(i), No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet
38) Carson Kvapil, No. 88 Clarience Technologies Chevrolet
(i) Ineligible for driver points, (#) Rookie

Did Not Qualify: No. 74 Jade Buford

Track Race Record: Kyle Busch, 06/27/09, 01:53:26 111.925 mph

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