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Austin Cindric Secures First Career XFINITY Series Pole at Iowa

Austin Cindric turned a fast lap during the third round of qualifying at Iowa Speedway, netting him his first career XFINITY Series pole. A 131.409-mph lap put Cindric on the pole while Daniel Hemric, last weekends runner-up, qualified second. Hemric’s lap was .421 mph slower than Cindric’s lap.

Brandon Jones, who has been on an impressive run lately, qualified his car in third followed by NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader Elliott Sadler. Cole Custer, who led the first and second rounds of qualifying, qualified the race in fifth.

The session started out with a good cluster of drivers stuck in inspection. Most of them went out and turned at least one lap including pole winner Cindric. Two drivers, though, were unable to turn a lap and will have to start at the rear of the field. Christopher Bell and Ryan Reed both failed to turn a lap in qualifying meaning they will start 39th and 40th, respectively.

Riley Herbst qualified the race in ninth in his first career NXS start.

Justin Haley qualified 13th after turning an identical lap to Justin Allgaier and Shane Lee in Round 2 of qualifying.

Starting Lineup for Sunday’s Iowa 250 presented by Enogen

The Iowa 250 presented by Enogen goes live on FOX Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday (June 17).

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Christian Koelle returns to Frontstretch in 2020 as the photo editor at Frontstretch. He will continue to contribute content in the ARCA Menards Series, Sioux Chief Challenge, and ARCA East & West Series. He is also engaged and will be getting married during the 2020 NASCAR off-season.

His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway.

During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.

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