Cole Custer now has the most XFINITY Series poles this season, as his 179.295-mph, 30.118-second lap earned him the top starting spot for Saturday’s DC Solar 300 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This is the Ladera Ranch, Calif. native’s fifth pole of the season and of his career. He has won poles at Bristol, Richmond, Kentucky and Pocono already, and now can add LVMS to that list.
“That was the craziest qualifying session I’ve ever been a part of,” Custer told NBCSN. “I can’t thank my guys enough for getting us out there and giving me a good car all weekend. Our Code 3 Mustang has been awesome. Hopefully, we can just stay out front and see what happens. I want to win every stage and the race.”
— Cole Custer (@ColeCuster) September 15, 2018
Austin Cindric (33.360), Elliott Sadler (30.367), Christopher Bell (30.387) and Ross Chastain (30.454) completed the top five, with Shane Lee, Tyler Reddick, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett and Ryan Sieg rounding out the top 10.
Ryan Preece, Daniel Hemric, Ryan Truex, Matt Tifft, Brandon Jones and Stan Mullins all failed pre-qualifying inspection and failed to make a lap in round one. They will all start at the rear of the field.
Jones’ car chief was ejected due to failing inspection three times.
The green flag for the DC Solar 300 is scheduled to fly just after 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and PRN.