Custer Wins Second Consecutive XFINITY Series Pole

Cole Custer won the pole for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway. It’s Custer’s second career and second consecutive XFINITY Series pole after winning his first at Bristol last week. Series rookie Christopher Bell will start second.

In the first round, it took about half of the session for the contenders to start making laps. Once they did, it was John Hunter Nemechek who topped the board, at a time of 22.340 seconds, far in front of second-place Ryan Reed’s 22.638. There were no notables that missed out advancing to the next round. Tony Mrakovich, who will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut on Friday night, ran a time good enough for 35th.

In the second round, Justin Allgaier’s 22.466 second lap put him at the top of the board. Notables Ryan Reed (13th), Chase Briscoe (15th), and Brandon Jones (18th) missed out on a chance to run for the pole. Tyler Reddick scraped the wall, but made the final round. All four JR Motorsports cars were able to make the final round.

In the final round, Cole Custer ran fastest, with a session-best 22.253 second lap after running only one fast lap in each of the two previous rounds. Noah Gragson, who will make his debut in Friday night’s race, will start 11th. Because 40 drivers were entered, there were none that failed to make the race.

The ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway will take place on Friday night at 7 p.m eastern time.

Here is the full starting lineup for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway:

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

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