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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Matt Tifft fastest in final Xfinity Series practice

Matt TifftFriday afternoon at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), it was Matt Tifft – with a lap speed of 181.918 MPH, who was the fastest Friday afternoon in the final NXS Sparks Energy 300 practice session at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (TSS).

Second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 180.515 MPH was Ty Dillon, and he was followed by series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Brandon Jones (180.346 MPH) who was third, Daniel Suarez (180.220) fourth and Jeremy Clements (179.801) was fifth.

ROTY candidate, Ray Black Jr. (179.767 MPH) was sixth-fastest, while Austin Dillon (179.669) was seventh, ROTY candidate Erik Jones (179.598) eighth, Jeb Burton (179.541) ninth and Elliott Sadler (179.430) posting the top-10 fastest lap speed.

The series returns to the track Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1 for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for that afternoon’s race.

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

Sparks Energy 300 Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 18 Matt Tifft (i) 181.918 52.639 Leader 10
2 3 Ty Dillon 181.515 52.756 -0.117 5
3 33 Brandon Jones # 180.346 53.098 -0.459 9
4 19 Daniel Suarez 180.305 53.110 -0.471 15
5 51 Jeremy Clements 179.801 53.259 -0.620 17
6 07 Ray Black Jr 179.767 53.269 -0.630 9
7 2 Austin Dillon (i) 179.669 53.298 -0.659 11
8 20 Erik Jones # 179.598 53.319 -0.680 8
9 43 Jeb Burton 179.541 53.336 -0.697 11
10 1 Elliot Sadler 179.430 53.369 -0.730 18
11 11 Blake Koch 179.135 53.457 -0.818 8
12 16 Ryan Reed 179.111 53.464 -0.825 8
13 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 178.407 53.675 -1.036 11
14 48 Brennan Poole # 177.824 53.851 -1.212 2
15 98 Aric Almirola (i) 177.544 53.936 -1.297 7
16 39 Ryan Sieg 177.314 54.006 -1.367 15
17 28 Dakoda Armstrong 176.650 54.209 -1.570 5
18 70 Derrike Cope 176.432 54.276 -1.637 5
19 42 Justin Marks 176.402 54.285 -1.646 5
20 13 John Jackson 176.256 54.330 -1.691 11
21 85 Bobby Gerhart 176.130 54.369 -1.730 5
22 89 Morgan Shepherd 176.039 54.397 -1.758 2
23 24 Brandon McReynolds 176.007 54.407 -1.768 12
24 14 Benny Gordon 175.813 54.467 -1.828 17
25 25 Chris Cockrum 175.629 54.524 -1.885 2
26 40 Carl Long 175.491 54.567 -1.928 14
27 97 Ryan Ellis 174.901 54.751 -2.112 5
28 93 Josh Wise (i) 174.872 54.760 -2.121 11
29 52 Joey Gase 173.215 55.284 -2.645 10
30 90 Mario Gosselin 173.196 55.290 -2.651 2
31 15 Travis Kvapil (i) 171.607 55.802 -3.163 14
32 74 Mike Harmon 170.198 56.264 -3.625 2
33 22 Joey Logano (i) 153.787 62.268 -9.629 1
34 0 Garrett Smithley # 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
35 4 Ross Chastain 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
36 7 Justin Allgaier 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
37 10 Jeff Green 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
38 44 JJ Yeley 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
39 62 Brendan Gaughan 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
40 78 BJ McLeod 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
41 88 Chase Elliott (i) 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
42 01 Ryan Preece # 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
43 05 John Wes Townley (i) 0.000 0.000 52.639 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series