Custer Grabs First Career XFINITY Series Pole at Bristol

Cole Custer won the pole for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s Custer’s first career XFINITY Series pole, and the first pole for Stewart-Haas Racing in the series. Justin Allgaier will start beside Custer on Saturday afternoon.

After about 30 seconds in the first round, Morgan Shepherd brought out the red flag after he slammed the wall exiting turn four on his warm up lap. While Shepherd got out to make more laps, he would be the one to miss the race of the 41 drivers entered. Similar to Cup qualifying, most of the contenders waited until around halfway through the 15-minute round. John Hunter Nemechek went fastest in the first round with a time of 15.176 seconds. Tyler Reddick (25th) missed out on advancing to the second round. Reddick and Joey Gase had a discussion after Reddick pulled in front of Gase to make his qualifying run. Neither advanced to the second round.

The second round changed the pace as drivers headed out after only about one minute. Unfortunately, Ryan Sieg brought out the red flag as he slid off of turn four, pounding both the outside and inside walls. At that point, only five drivers had taken time. It was quite a while before the track went back green. When it did, Ryan Truex went out, and he wasn’t very fast. That caused the waiting game to begin again, with only the odd driver making laps until about two minutes remained in the round. John Hunter Nemechek again ran fastest, this time running a lap in 15.179 seconds. Elliott Sadler (13th), Ty Majeski (14th), Ryan Truex (21st), and Chase Briscoe (22nd) missed out on advancing to run for the pole.

In the final round, drivers headed out right away, but it was Cole Custer who won the pole with a lap late in the round. Custer ran the fastest lap of the session, at 15.090 seconds.

The Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway will take place at 1 p.m. eastern on Saturday.

Here is the full lineup for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300:

  1. Cole Custer
  2. Justin Allgaier
  3. Christopher Bell
  4. Daniel Hemric
  5. John Hunter Nemechek
  6. Brandon Jones
  7. Ryan Preece
  8. Shane Lee
  9. Spencer Gallagher
  10. Austin Cindric
  11. Matt Tifft
  12. Ryan Reed
  13. Elliott Sadler
  14. Ty Majeski
  15. Ross Chastain
  16. Alex Labbe
  17. Kaz Grala
  18. Michael Annett
  19. Jeremy Clements
  20. Ryan Sieg
  21. Ryan Truex
  22. Chase Briscoe
  23. JJ Yeley
  24. Jeff Green
  25. Tyler Reddick
  26. BJ McLeod
  27. Tommy Joe Martins
  28. Joey Gase
  29. Chad Finchum
  30. Joe Nemechek
  31. Timmy Hill
  32. Josh Williams
  33. Dylan Lupton
  34. Vinnie Miller
  35. Garrett Smithley
  36. Josh Bilicki
  37. Spencer Boyd
  38. Stephen Leicht
  39. Cody Ware
  40. David Starr

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