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Cole Custer Earns NASCAR Xfinity Series Pole at New Hampshire

On a hot and steamy day in Loudon, N.H., Cole Custer won the pole for Saturday afternoon’s (July 20) ROXOR 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It’s Custer’s 11th career Xfinity pole and fifth this year.

“I didn’t know it was going to a pole lap, honestly,” Custer said after qualifying. “I thought I could’ve hit it a little bit better. This Haas Automation Mustang has been the best car I have had in New Hampshire in a long time. I can’t thank Mike Shiplett (crew chief) and everybody enough. They brought a really fast car and hopefully we can stay up front today.”

Christopher Bell will start second, followed by Austin Cindric in third. Paul Menard, the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular in the field, will start fourth. Chase Briscoe rounded out the top-five qualifiers.


Tyler Reddick will start 11th for this afternoon’s (July 20) race at New Hampshire. Looking further back, Tommy Joe Martins starts 26th in what will be his final race with BJ McLeod Motorsports. He’s one row back of Landon Cassill who qualified the No. 89 car 24th for Morgan Shepherd.

Three drivers failed to qualify for this race: Dillon Bassett (driving a second entry for Brandon Brown’s team), Josh Bilicki and Camden Murphy. Murphy suffered through mechanical issues with Mike Harmon’s team during Friday’s practice sessions.

The ROXOR 200 will get underway at 4:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.


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