Matt Tifft takes pole, JGR grabs 3 of top 5 spots for today’s Xfinity race at Talladega

ChUAzGvXEAAQehsEarly Saturday afternoon at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Matt Tifft – with a qualifying lap speed of 181.168 MPH -captured his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) pole (in his sixth series’ start), and will lead the field to the drop of the green flag in today’s Sparks Energy 300.

Tifft’s fellow Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate, Daniel Suarez, will start second on the outside pole with a qualifying lap speed of 180.846 MPH, and they’ll be followed by Austin Dillon (180.506 MPH) starting third, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Erik Jones (180.366) fourth and Ty Dillon (180.217) starts fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Brendan Gaughan (179.763 MPH) starting from sixth, Ryan Reed (179.061) seventh, Joey Logano (178.817) eighth, Elliott Sadler (178.660) ninth and JJ Yeley (178.394) qualified in 10th-place.

Failing to make the 40-car field and heading home were Mike Harmon, Josh Reaume and Derrike Cope.

The 25th annual Sparks Energy 300 is scheduled to get underway around 3:20 p.m. (ET) this afternoon on FOX.

Sparks Energy 300 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Gap
1 18 Matt Tifft (i) 53.008 52.857 Leader
2 19 Daniel Suarez 53.075 52.951 -0.094
3 2 Austin Dillon (i) 53.371 53.051 -0.100
4 20 Erik Jones # 53.254 53.092 -0.041
5 3 Ty Dillon 53.337 53.136 -0.044
6 62 Brendan Gaughan 53.307 53.270 -0.134
7 16 Ryan Reed 53.528 53.479 -0.209
8 22 Joey Logano (i) 53.626 53.552 -0.073
9 1 Elliot Sadler 53.629 53.599 -0.047
10 44 JJ Yeley 53.664 53.679 -0.080
11 48 Brennan Poole # 53.642 53.869 -0.190
12 43 Jeb Burton 53.617 53.910 -0.041
13 11 Blake Koch 53.676 Eliminated -0.059
14 88 Chase Elliott (i) 53.735 Eliminated -0.059
15 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 53.737 Eliminated -0.002
16 33 Brandon Jones # 53.770 Eliminated -0.033
17 98 Aric Almirola (i) 53.844 Eliminated -0.074
18 7 Justin Allgaier 53.881 Eliminated -0.037
19 14 Benny Gordon 53.926 Eliminated -0.045
20 42 Justin Marks 53.949 Eliminated -0.023
21 24 Brandon McReynolds 53.955 Eliminated -0.006
22 28 Dakoda Armstrong 54.034 Eliminated -0.079
23 89 Morgan Shepherd 54.066 Eliminated -0.032
24 05 John Wes Townley (i) 54.114 Eliminated -0.048
25 90 Mario Gosselin 54.125 Eliminated -0.011
26 01 Ryan Preece # 54.241 Eliminated -0.116
27 10 Jeff Green 54.361 Eliminated -0.120
28 07 Ray Black Jr 54.416 Eliminated -0.055
29 4 Ross Chastain 54.436 Eliminated -0.020
30 25 Chris Cockrum 54.438 Eliminated -0.002
31 40 Carl Long 54.445 Eliminated -0.007
32 13 John Jackson 54.496 Eliminated -0.051
33 85 Bobby Gerhart 54.587 Eliminated -0.091
34 51 Jeremy Clements (OP) 54.716 Eliminated -0.129
35 0 Garrett Smithley # (OP) 55.037 Eliminated -0.321
36 97 Ryan Ellis (OP) 55.151 Eliminated -0.114
37 52 Joey Gase (OP) 55.285 Eliminated -0.134
38 39 Ryan Sieg (OP) 55.484 Eliminated -0.199
39 78 BJ McLeod (OP) 55.513 Eliminated -0.029
40 15 Travis Kvapil (i) (OP) 55.991 Eliminated -0.478
41 93 Josh Wise (i) 54.659 Eliminated 1.332
42 70 Derrike Cope 54.675 Eliminated -0.016
43 74 Mike Harmon 55.107 Eliminated -0.432

# – Rookie
OP – In On Owner Points
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series
 

 

 

 

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