Early Saturday morning at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) teams held their qualifying session to determine the starting lineup for this afternoon’s Heads Up Georgia 250. And, capturing the pole – with a qualifying lap speed of 185.499 MPH – was Kyle Busch, where unlike in Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) qualifying, his NXS time was allowed to keep the pole.
This was Busch’s first series pole and first top-10 start of the season, his 49th series career pole in 312 races and his first series pole in 12 races at AMS.
Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender and Busch’s fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Erik Jones, will start on the outside pole with a qualifying lap speed of 185.078 MPH; followed by Daniel Suarez (185.022 MPH) starting third, Kyle Larson (184.689) fourth and ROTY contender Brennan Poole (183.333) starts fifth.
Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Ty Dillon (183.200 MPH) starting sixth, Brad Keselowski (182.904) seventh, Ryan Sieg (182.735) eighth, Brendan Gaughan (182.717) ninth and Kevin Harvick (182.585) qualifying in 10th.
With only 40-drivers attempting to fill the 40-car lineup, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.
The 25th annual Heads Up Georgia 250 is scheduled to get underway around 1:50 p.m. (ET) this afternoon, and FOX Sports 1 will provide television coverage of the event.
|Heads Up Georgia 250 Qualifying Results|
|Pos.||Car #||Driver||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Gap|
|1||18||Kyle Busch (i)||29.947||29.919||29.887||Leader|
|2||20||Erik Jones #||30.362||29.861||29.955||-0.068|
|5||48||Brennan Poole #||30.402||30.154||30.240||-0.222|
|7||22||Brad Keselowski (i)||30.334||30.335||30.311||-0.049|
|11||2||Paul Menard (i)||30.308||30.342||30.437||-0.073|
|18||6||Darrell Wallace Jr||30.512||30.532||Eliminated||-0.020|
|19||33||Brandon Jones #||30.580||30.771||Eliminated||-0.239|
|21||01||Ryan Preece #||31.136||31.115||Eliminated||-0.145|
|27||07||Ray Black Jr||31.221||Eliminated||-0.050|
|29||78||BJ McLeod #||31.523||Eliminated||-0.098|
# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series