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Tyler Reddick edges Kyle Busch for XFINITY Pole at Auto Club

This afternoon, Kyle Busch will be looking to make history by winning his 200th NASCAR national series victory, tying Richard Petty for most wins all time.

However, he will have to get past Tyler Reddick to do it.

Reddick, the defending series champion, won his fourth pole in 56 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts and second pole this year.

Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson rounded out the top five.

Unlike the Monster Energy Cup Series, the XFINITY Series has single-car qualifying at tracks that are larger than 1.5 miles. There were two sessions with the fastest 12 cars advancing to the second and final round.

In the first round of qualifying, it was all Kyle Busch as he ran of a lap of 180.718 mph, which was over a full second faster than the No. 20 of Christopher Bell. Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Ryan Preece rounded out the top five in the first round.

Halfway throughout the session, DGM Racing’s Caesar Bacarella backed it in to the fence in Turns 3 and 4.

Among the notable names in Round 1? Ross Chastian and Daytona winner Michael Annett as they will start 15th and 16th, respectfully.

In seemed as though Round 2 was simply a formality with Busch showing a ton of speed in his No. 18 Toyota. Busch’s lap was 179.654 mph.

Reddick, though, was not pulling over to let Busch lead the field to the green as the Corning, CA driver turned a lap of 179.861 mph to take the pole and lead the field to the stripe later this afternoon.

The 21st Annual Production Alliance Group 300 will go green at 5:00 PM ET and will be televised on FS1.

 

Full Starting Lineup – Production Alliance Group 300

About the author

Bryan Nolen currently goes to the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting at Full Sail. He would like to be involved in some aspect of Motor Sports after he completes school. He hosts a podcast that is on Apple Podcasts and Google Play called Sports Talk with Bryan and TB and lives in Boise, Idaho.

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