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.
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.