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AJ Allmendinger on Pole for Texas Xfinity Race

AJ Allmendinger won last weekend’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL to achieve sole possession of the most road course wins all time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and he will pick up right where he left off this weekend, as he will lead the field to green at Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 16.

Austin Cindric, who led the most laps and finished second to Allmendinger last weekend, will start right beside him on the outside pole. Daniel Hemric will start third, while Allmendinger’s Kaulig Racing teammate Justin Haley will start fourth.

JR Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Justin Allgaier will start fifth and sixth, while Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Brandon Jones and Harrison Burton will start seventh and eighth.

Michael Annett will start ninth, while NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender John Hunter Nemechek will round out the top 10.

The starting order was calculated by a performance-based metric that puts 50% of the weight on the driver and car owner’s finishing positions from the Charlotte ROVAL (25% each), 35% of the weight on the team’s owner points standings, and 15% of the weight on the driver’s fastest lap ranking from the Charlotte ROVAL. The team that had lowest score was awarded the pole.

Texas Xfinity Lineup

The Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 will take place on Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. ET, with TV coverage provided by NBC.

About the author

Stephen Stumpf is the NASCAR Content Director for Frontstretch, and his weekly columns include “Stat Sheet” and “4 Burning Questions.” Stephen also writes commentary, contributes weekly to the “Bringing the Heat” podcast and is frequently at the track for on-site coverage. A native of Texas, Stephen began following NASCAR at age 9 after attending his first race at Texas Motor Speedway.

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