Myatt Snider won the pole for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15) in what will be his first career Xfinity start.
Snider turned a speed of 188.43 miles per hour to win the pole in the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet — a car that will have a revolving door of drivers in 2020.
The main storyline surrounding Xfinity Series qualifying centered on Kaulig Racing. After the organization’s three cars crossed the finish line 1-2-3 in the most recent Xfinity Series race at Daytona (only for its No. 10 Chevrolet to be disqualified for failing post-race inspection), drivers AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain experienced issues during qualifying on Saturday.
.@RossChastain’s car has a fire underneath the hood after his qualifying lap.
— Dustin Albino (el-bee-no) (@DustinAlbino) February 15, 2020
There is concern with the 11 car of @Justin_Haley_ which has yet to qualify.
Allemendinger will likely DNQ w/o owner points
— Chris Knight (@Knighter01) February 15, 2020
Allmendinger failed to qualify for the race. As for Chastain, the No. 10 Chevrolet failed to make the race, but Jeff Green and RSS Racing worked out a deal with Kaulig Racing and Chastain will drive the No. 38 Chevrolet instead. As a result of this change, Chastain will drop to the rear of the field for the start. The third Kaulig entry, driven by Justin Haley, did not have any gremlins during his qualifying attempt and will start third.
Additionally, there was an issue for the No. 66 MBM Motorsports Ford driven by Timmy Hill.
NASCAR found improper body modifications with body filler on the nose on the MBM Racing No. 66 Xfinity car (front photo). Timmy Hill will be allowed to qualify. Crew chief Sebastion Laforge suspended 6 weeks starting today, fined $50K and team docked 75 points. #nascar pic.twitter.com/GIoG8FNEiY
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 15, 2020
Upon approval by NASCAR, Hill completed his qualifying lap and will start 26th.
The NASCAR Racing Experience 300 is scheduled to begin later Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.
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