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2015 Road America 180 Qualifying Cancelled; Ben Rhodes on the Pole

Ben Rhodes was one of the only drivers that was praying for rain at Road America early Saturday afternoon, and he got his wish. Due to the wet track, qualifying for the Road America 180 was cancelled, putting the JR Motorsports rookie driver on the pole for the start of the 45-lap event.

The starting lineup is set based off speeds from the first practice. Rhodes was fastest in the first session on Friday with a time of 134.311 seconds. Alongside him for the start of the race will be his teammate Chase Elliott, who was four tenths slower than the No. 88.

Ryan Blaney will start third in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford, with Justin Marks in the No. 42 and Brian Scott completing the top five. Xfinity Series points leader Chris Buescher will start the race from the sixth position, while his closest competitor in the points, Ty Dillon, will start 13th. Boris Said, Paul Menard, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez will complete the top 10. Defending race winner Brendan Gaughan will start the race from the 16th position.

Depending on the weather at the time of the start, the cars may start the race on rain tires. With many drivers in the 40-car field having limited experience racing on a wet racetrack, the event could get very interesting, very early on.

The Road America 180 can be seen at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.


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