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William Byron Breaks Xfinity Track Record, Wins Pole at Watkins Glen

William Byron won the pole for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International, posting a fast lap of 125.021 mph in the second round of qualifying.

His lap time of 1:10.548 broke the track record; it was half a second faster than his first round.

Ty Gibbs went 124.506 mph in the second round and will slot second next to Byron on the front row.

Kyle Larson qualified third, but will drop to the rear on the pace laps as his team had to fix a carburetor issue. AJ Allmendinger, who was quickest in practice, starts fourth, while Cole Custer rounds out the top five.

Riley Herbst starts sixth, Sam Mayer is seventh, Austin Hill is eighth and Daniel Hemric rolls off ninth. Justin Allgaier, who made the top 10, had some brake issues and didn’t make a lap in the second round. He’ll drop to the rear on the pace laps as well.

Stanton Barrett, Austin Wayne Self and Spencer Pumpelly didn’t qualify for the event.

Xfinity Qualifying Results from Watkins Glen

The Sunoco Go Rewards 200 at the Glen airs at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network.

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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