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Erik Jones lands XFINITY pole at Chicagoland

He may not have made the playoffs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but Erik Jones is bad fast in the XFINITY Series this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jones won the pole for today’s The House 300 after laying down a fast lap of 177.229 mph (30.469 seconds) around the 1.5-mile Joliet tri-oval. The pole was his 13th of his NXS career, but first of this season.

Fellow MENCS regulars Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney followed Jones on the speed charts, with Cole Custer completing the top five. Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft, William Byron, Daniel Hemric and Ryan Reed round out the top 10 starters.

Blake Koch and Brennan Poole also made the final round of qualifying, and will roll off 11th and 12th, respectively. Bubble drivers Brendan Gaughan and Dakota Armstrong will start 19th and 20th. Gaughan currently holds a 25-point advantage entering the regular season finale.

The green flag for today’s The House 300 is scheduled to fly at approximately 3:45 p.m. ET with television coverage on NBC. Kyle Busch is the defending winner of the event.

Click here for full qualifying results from Chicagoland Speedway

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Davey is in his fifth season with Frontstretch and currently serves as a multimedia editor and reporter. He authors the "NASCAR Mailbox" column, spearheads the site's video content and hosts the Frontstretch Podcast weekly. He's covered the K&N Pro Series and ARCA extensively for NASCAR.com and currently serves as an associate producer for SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and production assistant for NBC Sports Washington. Follow him on Twitter @DaveyCenter.

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