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Cole Custer Wins Second Pole Award in a Row

Cole Custer had never won a NASCAR XFINITY Series pole going into last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Now he has won two in a row, with his second coming at Richmond Raceway on Friday evening (April 20).

Custer’s speed of 121.332 miles per hour was fast enough to top the charts. Christopher Bell (120.881 mph) will join Custer on the front row for the NXS race at Richmond on Friday night. Austin Cindric (120.251 mph), in Team Penske’s No. 22 this week, qualified in third.

Daniel Hemric (120.214 mph), the fastest of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers, will start in the fourth position, while John Hunter Nemechek (120.192 mph), was the fastest in the first round of qualifying starts fifth.

Ryan Truex, who posted his best starting spot of 2018, will start sixth. Leading the rest of the Dash 4 Cash competitors was Justin Allgaier (119.691 mph), who was the fastest in the second round of qualifying but will start seventh. His JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler (119.628 mph) will start alongside him in eighth. Michael Annett and Tyler Reddick round out the top 10.


Spencer Gallagher (118.483 mph) is the only one of the D4C competitors that did not make it into the final round; he will start the race in 17th.

ToyotaCare 250 Starting Lineup

The green flag will wave for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond at 7:13 p.m. ET. FS1 and MRN will broadcast the event.

About the author

Michael Massie is a writer for Frontstretch. Massie, a Richmond, Va. native, has been a NASCAR superfan since childhood, when he frequented races at Richmond International Raceway. Massie is a lover of short track racing and travels around to the ones in his region. Outside of motorsports, the Virginia Tech grad can be seen cheering on his beloved Hokies.

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