In a substitute role for Joe Gibbs Racing, Drew Herring qualified on the pole for the 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway. Herring is practicing and qualifying the No. 20 car for Erik Jones, who will compete in the race on Sunday. Subsequently, the No. 20 will be moved to the back of the field at the start due to a driver change.
Herring’s time of 23.439 seconds (134.391 mph) was the fastest in the final five-minute session. Completing the all-Joe Gibbs Racing front row is Daniel Suarez, who qualified his No. 18 Arris Toyota in second. Richard Childress Racing drivers Brian Scott and Brandon Jones qualified third and fifth, respectively. Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher qualified in the fourth position.
Chase Elliott‘s time of 23.554 seconds was sixth fastest, followed by Regan Smith in seventh. Darrell Wallace Jr., Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler completed the top 10. Brendan Gaughan and Brennan Poole qualified 11th and 12th, respectively.
Ryan Blaney was the first driver to miss the fast dozen in 13th. Recent high-school graduate Ben Rhodes qualified 14th. After a long day that saw a piece of debris fly through his windshield and hit his helmet during practice, Jamie Dick qualified his Viva Chevrolet in the 30th position. With 40 cars attempting to qualify for 40 spots, no drivers went home.