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Brennan Poole Scores Daytona XFINITY Pole

If Brennan Poole‘s looking to get his first career win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, he’s off to a good start.

The driver of the No. 48 won the pole for Friday’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, turning a lap of 182.949 mph in the final round of qualifying.

Poole will be joined by part-timer Ben Kennedy on the front row, the driver of the No. 2 running 182.793 mph to take the second spot.

XFINITY Series regulars filled out the rest of the top five: William Byron, Blake Koch and Daniel Hemric. In fact, the top Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular, Daniel Suarez, rolls off eighth.

Jeb Burton, who paced first practice on Thursday (June 29), starts 17th, while Ray Black Jr., who led final practice, rolls off 30th.

As 40 cars were entered, all drivers made the field for tonight’s race.

The Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 will be held Friday night (June 30) with a 7:49 p.m. ET green flag. It’s the first race of the season to be broadcast on NBC Sports Network, with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Qualifying results

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Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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