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Bowman Tops Jones for Michigan XFINITY Pole

Alex Bowman topped Erik Jones in the final moments of NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying to cap off an impressive qualifying session for JR Motorsports with his first-career pole at Michigan International Speedway.

Driving the team’s No. 88 Chevrolet, Bowman knocked Jones (191.535 mph) off the top spot as the final qualifier for Saturday’s Menards 250 Presented by Valvoline. Bowman was joined by teammates Elliott Sadler (191.342 mph) and Justin Allgaier (191.210 mph) to give JRM three of the top four starting positions for the race.

Kyle Busch rounded out the top five, with Daniel Suarez, Blake Koch, Brennan Poole, Joey Logano and Ryan Sieg completing the top 10. Ryan Reed and Paul Menard finished out the first round.

The session was completed with little issue. The only delay in the two round, single car qualifying session came when a trash bag flew onto the racing surface two cars into the final round.

The XFINITY Series will return to action at 1 p.m. ET for the Menards 250 Presented by Valvoline.

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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