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Ross Chastain Grabs NASCAR Xfinity Pole for 1st Race of Richmond Doubleheader

The NASCAR Xfinity Series makes the trek to Richmond Raceway for the final doubleheader weekend of the season. Kaulig Racing’s Ross Chastain is on the pole for the first NXS race of the weekend, the Go Bowling 250 on Friday, Sept. 11.

Chastain earned the position after finishing second last week at Darlington Raceway.

The lineup is based on a formula using driver’s and owner’s finishing position from previous race (25% each), fastest lap (15%) and rank in owner’s points (35%).

Brandon Jones, who passed Chastain and Denny Hamlin for the victory last Saturday (Sept. 5), starts next to the No. 10 driver. Jones’ Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Harrison Burton begins third, while JR Motorsports’ Noah Gragson is fourth. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe rounds out the top five starters.

Ryan Sieg’s No. 39 Chevrolet is sixth, and Team Penske’s Austin Cindric starts seventh. Riley Herbst is eighth, Michael Annett is ninth and Justin Haley completes the top 10 qualifiers.

Cup Series regular Kyle Busch will start the race in 29th.

Xfinity Starting Lineup for Friday’s Race at Richmond

The Go Bowling 250 airs Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. The second part of the doubleheader, the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 airs on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

About the author

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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