Brandon Jones topped the charts last weekend at Darlington Raceway, and he backed it up with his second straight NASCAR Xfinity Series pole at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 174.695 mph in Friday’s (Sept. 9) qualifying session.
It is Jones’ third pole of the season, and as a two-time winner at Kansas, he enters Saturday’s (Sept. 10) race as one of the favorites.
Jones’ teammate Ty Gibbs qualified second to give a front row sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing. Sheldon Creed — the first driver below the playoff cut line — qualified right behind them in third, while points leader AJ Allmendinger and four-time 2022 winner Noah Gragson rounded out the top five.
Creed’s Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Hill clocked in sixth while defending series champion Daniel Hemric will roll off seventh. The JR Motorsports trio of Sam Mayer, Justin Allgaier and Josh Berry rounded out the top 10.
Akinori Ogata was the lone driver that failed to qualify.
Qualifying had two incidents, the first of which saw Kris Wright lose control in turn 4. He backed it into the wall, but he was able to avoid significant damage.
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Wright will start second-to-last in the race (37th).
Ryan Vargas wasn’t as lucky. He lost control coming out of turn 2 and made hard contact with the inside wall despite his best efforts to slow the car down.
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Vargas will go to a backup car and therefore have to start at the tail end of the field, redundant since he qualified last (38th).
The Kansas Lottery 300 will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by USA Network.
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