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Ty Gibbs Starts First for Xfinity Race at Darlington After Qualifying Gets Rained Out

Ty Gibbs will lead the field to green for Saturday’s (May 7) Mahindra ROXOR 200 at Darlington Raceway.

16 cars took the track for Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying session at the 1.366-mile oval before raindrops began to fall. Of the 16 to make laps, Tyler Reddick was the fastest at 165.565 mph.

However, none of those speeds will count. After efforts were made to dry the track, the rain did not let up and qualifying was officially cancelled.

In the event of a rainout, the first 30 starting spots are set by the Xfinity Series metric qualifying system. The rules give a score to each driver that puts 35% weight on owner points, 25% weight on a driver’s finish in the previous race, 25% weight on an owner’s finish in the previous race and 15% weight on the fastest lap rankings of the previous race. Using this metric, Gibbs had the best score of all entered drivers.

Gibbs will be joined on the front row by Josh Berry, last weekend’s winner at Dover Motor Speedway.

Berry’s JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson will make up the second row, while Xfinity Series point leader AJ Allmendinger will round out the top five.

Brandon Jones starts sixth and Sam Mayer rounds out the four JRM cars in seventh. Riley Herbst will be the highest-starting Ford in eighth, while Ryan Sieg and Sheldon Creed complete the top 10.

Due to their lack of owner points, Brennan Poole and Cup Series veteran Chase Elliott were the two drivers that failed to qualify for tomorrow’s race. Elliott was the 2014 Xfinity Series champion, but he was not eligible for the Past Champion’s Provisional because he is running for Cup Series points. Frontstretch’s Dalton Hopkins spoke with members of the JR Motorsports No. 88 who confirmed both Elliott and the organization will not try and buy a ride to put him in the lineup.

Xfinity Series at Darlington Starting Lineup

The Mahindra ROXOR 200 will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. ET, with TV coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

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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Get Real

ty gibbs is a piece of shit driving illegal race cars

Carl D.

Does NASCAR know? You should call them.

DoninAjax

NA$CAR knows! They don’t care! Who’s the car owner?

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