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AJ Allmendinger on Pole at Daytona After Xfinity Qualifying Canceled

Qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway was canceled after Daytona Beach, Fla., was hit with heavy rain Friday (Aug. 26) afternoon.

With the field set by metric qualifying, regular season point leader AJ Allmendinger will lead the field to green for the 22nd race of the season.

He will be joined on the front row by Noah Gragson, who won at Talladega Superspeedway in April. Sammy Smith will start on the second row in third after scoring a career-best finish of third last weekend at Watkins Glen International.

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Gragson’s JR Motorsports teammates Sam Mayer and Josh Berry will round out the top five, while Riley Herbst will be the highest-starting Ford driver in sixth.

Sheldon Creed, Ty Gibbs, Jeremy Clements and Landon Cassill will round out the top 10.

Will 43 entries and 38 spots, Josh Williams, Tim Viens, Joe Nemechek, CJ McLaughlin and Ronnie Bassett Jr. failed to qualify.

Wawa 250 Lineup 

The Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola will take place on Friday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET, with TV coverage provided by USA.

About the author

Stephen Stumpf joined Frontstretch in September 2021. He is a staff writer and the Friday news writer. Stephen also pens the weekly “4 Burning Questions” column and contributes to “Friday Faceoff” and “2-Headed Monster.” A Texas native, Stephen started following NASCAR at age 9.

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Mike Kalasnik

How did Justin Haley make the show then? That car didnt run the last race or any previous race.

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