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AJ Allmendinger Opens Round of 8 With Xfinity Pole at Las Vegas

AJ Allmendinger scored back-to-back wins at Talladega Superspeedway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, and he continues his hot streak with a pole in the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.720 mph in qualifying.

It’s Allmendinger’s fifth pole of the year, and he sweeps the poles at Las Vegas after starting on point back in March. Allmendinger was the last car to go and beat Trevor Bayne by .013 seconds to claim the top spot.

Joe Gibbs Racing had a strong outing in Friday night’s (Oct. 14) session, as Ty Gibbs followed JGR teammate Bayne in the third spot. The JR Motorsports teammates of Noah Gragson and Sam Mayer followed to round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric clocked in sixth, while Brandon Jones followed him in seventh. Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed and Justin Allgaier completed the top 10.

Josh Berry was the lone playoff driver to qualify outside the top 10 in 12th.

There was one incident in qualifying, as Riley Herbst made a great save after spinning out on his lap. Herbst will start at the rear of the field Saturday due to blowing tires in his incident.

In her first qualifying effort in the Xfinity Series, Hailie Deegan qualified the SS-Green Light Racing No. 07 in 20th.

In addition to Herbst, two other drivers failed to set times during the session. Both Kyle Sieg and David Starr‘s cars were pushed back to the Neon Garage after practice. As a result, they will start in 37th and 38th. With 38 entries, every driver qualified for the race.


The Alsco Uniforms 302 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by NBC.

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Tom B

When AJ was on his qualifying run, he started to go in the red between turns 3 and 4. Losing time rapidly. Then the TV screen goes blank and when it comes back on AJ was the fastest qualifier. Nobody goes in the red losing time and picks it back up to the green coming to the start finish line. I call shenanigans!

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