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Noah Gragson Wins 1st Career Xfinity Series Pole in Texas

With a speed of 182.791 mph, Noah Gragson knocked Tyler Reddick off the pole as the last car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying session to win his first career series pole via speed at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20.

Austin Hill qualified third, while the Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Brandon Jones and Ryan Truex qualified fourth and fifth, respectively.

Justin Allgaier qualified sixth, with Ty Gibbs being the meat between a JR Motorsports sandwich in seventh as Josh Berry ended up in eighth. Teammate Sam Mayer qualified ninth. Finally, Riley Herbst is the only Ford to qualify in the top 10 and will start in 10th.

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Landon Cassill did not make a qualifying attempt after slapping the wall during practice and will have to start in the rear with a backup car. In addition, despite Kyle Weatherman‘s qualifying effort in 17th, Jesse Iwuji will climb into the car for the main event and will also have to start at the rear of the field.

Brennan Poole is the only driver that failed to qualify out of the 39 cars entered this weekend and will not compete on Saturday.

There will be a first-time winner at Texas, as no one in the field has ever won at the 1.5-mile track before this weekend.

Xfinity Starting Lineup for Texas

Coverage for the SRS Distribution 250 begins Saturday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 1.

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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021 after writing for IMSA. A race fan since he was three years old, he began freelance writing in 2018 and graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

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