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AJ Allmendinger Nabs Xfinity Pole at Indianapolis Road Course

It looked as though Riley Herbst would upset road course-savvy veterans for the NASCAR Xfinity Series pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, but AJ Allmendinger had other plans as he snagged the pole with seconds remaining in qualifying for the Pennzoil 150.

Allmendinger locked up the top spot in his No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet with a speed of 97.834 mph.

The pole is Allmendinger’s third of the season and sixth of his career, as well as his first on a road course this season.

Ty Gibbs catapulted with a few seconds remaining to join Allmendinger on the front row. Herbst will start from the third position, with NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman alongside him in fourth.

Sam Mayer will launch from fifth, while Chase Briscoe will start sixth at his home track.

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A pair of JR Motorsports drivers set the fourth row, with Noah Gragson qualifying in seventh and Josh Berry in eighth.

Austin Hill and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top 10.

The No. 13 of Brad Perez, the No. 66 of JJ Yeley, the No. 78 of Josh Williams and the No. 90 of Mason Filippi failed to qualify for the race. Parker Kilgerman suffered a power steering issue on his No. 35 Chevrolet and was unable to make a qualifying lap. However, he is locked into the race on owner points.

Xfinity Starting Lineup for Indianapolis Road Course

The Pennzoil 150 is set to air Saturday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

About the author

Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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