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Ross Chastain Tallies First Career XFINITY Series Pole at Darlington

Ross Chastain earned his first career pole on Saturday (Septemeber 1st) at the Darlington Raceway. Chastain turned a 169.531 mph lap in the final round of qualifying to put the No. 42 on top for today’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200. It is the second pole of the season for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 in the XFINITY Series.

Christopher Bell, who is making his first Darlington start on Saturday, qualified second. Tyler Reddick qualified third while Daniel Hemric and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Cole Custer qualified in sixth while Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler, Brad Keselowski, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Ty Dillon rounded out the final round of qualifying.

Ryan Truex just barely missed out on making the final round while other notables outside the top-12 include Matt Tifft and Brandon Jones.

In Jones’ case, his chances of earning a good finish were significant hurt early Saturday.  Jones’ No. 19 Toyota failed pre-qualifying inspection four times.  As a result, his car chief has been ejected from the track, he was not allowed to attempt to qualify, and he will be forced to serve a drive-through penalty on the first lap of the race.  In addition, he will be penalized 10 driver and owner points.


The Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 will go green at 3:30 p.m ET on NBC.

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His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway.

During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.

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