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Austin Cindric Wins Pole for Go Bowling 250

Austin Cindric posted a lap of almost 119 mph to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series pole at Richmond Raceway. He’ll start up front for Friday night’s (Sept. 20) 2019 postseason opener for the series, the Go Bowling 250.

Cindric was one of the last drivers to qualify but made his laps count to earn his fourth pole of 2019. He’ll lead the field to green on Friday night seeking his first career NXS victory on an oval track.

Justin Allgaier qualified second while Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and Chase Briscoe rounded out the top five. All 38 drivers who made an attempt made the race.

Harrison Burton will make his fourth career series start at the Virginia track and qualified sixth. Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Gray Gaulding and Michael Annett rounded out the top 10. Gaulding led the lone NXS practice session in the morning.

Gragson, meanwhile took over the top spot on the board from JR Motorsports teammate Zane Smith early on in qualifying. Smith would later fall to a disappointing 15th starting spot.

Playoff drivers Brandon Jones, Cole Custer and Ryan Sieg will start 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively. NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver Landon Cassill qualified 17th in Morgan Shepherd’s No. 89.

John Hunter Nemechek was the only car not to finish at speed. The No. 23 did make it onto the racetrack but suffered mechanical issues and stalled before Nemechek started his qualifying lap.


The Go Bowling 250 will get underway at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. TV coverage will be provided by NBCSN.

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About Adam Cheek

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Entercom Richmond's radio station. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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