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Xfinity Qualifying Canceled; Sammy Smith Wins Atlanta Pole

Rain takes its second and final qualifying session of the day.

Last week’s NASCAR Xfinity Series winner Sammy Smith will receive the pole at Atlanta as rain continues to flood the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is Sammy Smith’s first Xfinity Series pole. Smith wins the pole based off NASCAR’s metric system.

Positions are based off previous race finish (50%), owner points (35%), and fastest lap in previous race (15%).

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Based off NASCAR’s metric system, Smith’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate John Hunter Nemechek will start alongside him, with points leader Austin Hill in third. Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ryan Truex begins fourth while Riley Herbst finishes the top five.

Chandler Smith, Sheldon Creed, Cole Custer, Josh Berry and Sam Mayer round out the top 10.

There was one DNQ for today’s race, that being the No. 74 of Dawson Cram.

Xfinity Starting Lineup for Atlanta

With brighter skies in the forecast for tomorrow, the Xfinity Series will take the green flag for the RAPTOR King of Tough 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 18 at 5 p.m. ET. FOX Sports 1 will provide broadcasting for the race.

About the author

Wyatt Watson has been an avid fan of NASCAR since 2007 at the age of 8. He joined Frontstretch in February 2023 after serving in the United States Navy for five years as an Electronic Technician Navigation working on submarines. Wyatt writes breaking NASCAR news and contributes to columns such as Friday Faceoff and 2-Headed Monster. Wyatt also contributes to Frontstretch's social media and serves as an at-track reporter.

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