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Noah Gragson Has Xfinity Pole at Atlanta

Noah Gragson will lead the NASCAR Xfinity Series field to green at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday (March 19). NASCAR moved all of Friday’s scheduled practices to Saturday due to rain and storms and canceled qualifying for all three national series, so the lineups are set by the rulebook (the metric formula).

Gragson wheeled his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet to the victory last week at Phoenix Raceway.

His teammate Josh Berry will start in second alongside Gragson on the front row. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier is sixth while Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger and Daniel Hemric take seventh and eighth. Ryan Sieg and Landon Cassill finish up the top 10 in the lineup.

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David Starr, Brennan Poole, Chad Finchum, Dillon Bassett and Harrison Rhodes did not make the race.

The lineup was formed from an equation that’s based on how drivers perform from the previous race. 50% is from the driver’s finishing position from Phoenix, 35% is from the car owner’s rank in the standings and 15% from how fast the driver ran in a single lap in the race at Phoenix compared to his or her peers.

Xfinity Starting Lineup for Atlanta

NXS is scheduled to get on track for practice on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET and the Nalley Cars 250 will air at 5 p.m. Both will be on FOX Sports 1.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor while continuing to write daily fantasy and news articles. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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