Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick fired the first salvo Saturday afternoon (Nov. 16) at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With a lap at 167.069 miles per hour, Reddick will start from the pole in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, the NASCAR Xfinity Series season finale.
Reddick’s lap was seven-hundredths of a second faster than fellow championship contender Cole Custer. The No. 00 was faster than Reddick for part of his lap, but lost the advantage coming to the line. Interestingly enough, this result creates the same front row that this race had in 2017. On that day, neither driver was in the Championship 4, but Custer dominated. He led 182 of the 200 laps and won by 15.405 seconds.
Team Penske’s Austin Cindric will start third, followed by Brandon Jones and Chase Briscoe. John Hunter Nemechek will start sixth, then Christopher Bell. Justin Haley will start eighth, then Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson.
The only Championship 4 candidate who failed to qualify in the top 10 was Justin Allgaier. He struggled and recorded a lap at 162.930 mph, good only for 16th on the grid.
Landon Cassill qualified 13th in Morgan Shepherd‘s No. 89. The team intends to go the distance today, thanks to additional sponsorship. If they make it to the finish, it will be the first time that a Shepherd Racing Ventures entry will have finished a race since 2013. Shepherd told Frontstretch‘s Dustin Albino earlier that he believes Cassill is capable of a top-15 performance.
It will be the first time in 112 starts the No. 89 attempts to run the full distance (Dover 2013). #NASCAR
— Dustin Albino (@DustinAlbino) November 16, 2019
Other notables include Jeremy Clements qualifying 11th and BJ McLeod running a career-best 12th in his KSDT-sponsored No. 4 for JD Motorsports. Colin Garrett will start 15th in the Xfinity Series debut for Sam Hunt Racing.
MBM Motorsports’ Bobby Dale Earnhardt, who ran 37th fastest, is the only driver who failed to qualify.
Coverage of the Ford EcoBoost 300 is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green live from Homestead-Miami Speedway on NBCSN. Race coverage will follow at 3:30 p.m.