For the first time in nine years, JJ Yeley will start first in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Yeley, 38, will lead the field to green in tonight’s Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Yeley inherited the top spot as a result of his top lap in the Xfinity Series’ lone practice session on Thursday. With Friday’s qualifying session rained out, the field was set by practice speeds.
Yeley, driving for Toyota’s JGL Racing, will start first in NXS competition for the first time since 2006. The Phoenix, Arizona native will be joined by Ty Dillon on the front row. Brendan Gaughan, who won the most recent NXS race at Kentucky in the fall of 2014, will start alongside Brad Keselowski in row 2.
Coverage for the Kentucky 300 will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.