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Joe Gibbs Racing Dominates NXS Qualifying at Talladega

It was a different driver, but a similar result for the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Matt Tifft claimed his first NASCAR XFINITY Series pole at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Rookie Matt Tifft outpaced teammate Daniel Suarez to headline a 1-2-4 result for Joe Gibbs Racing in qualifying for Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300. Tifft’s 52.857-second lap averaged 181.168 mph around the 2.66-mile Alabama oval to take his first-career NASCAR XFINITY Series pole.

Austin Dillon slotted in third to lead the way for Chevrolet, with Erik Jones and Ty Dillon rounding out the top five. Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed, Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler and JJ Yeley finished out the top 10.

Josh Reaume (No. 93), Derrike Cope (N0. 70) and Mike Harmon (No. 74) failed to qualify for Saturday’s race.

Results, via NASCAR

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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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