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AJ Allmendinger Scores Road America Xfinity Pole

AJ Allmendinger won the pole for tomorrow’s (July 29) Road America 180 setting a new NASCAR Xfinity Series track-record time of 111.606 mph.

It’s Allmendinger’s 10th career Xfinity pole, seventh pole at a road course and third at Road America, his first since 2019.

Cole Custer, the fastest Ford, joins Allmendinger on the front row with a speed of 111.352 mph.

Justin Allgaier, the 2018 winner at Road America, was the fastest Chevrolet in third.

Riley Herbst will line up behind his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Custer in fourth, and Sam Mayer will trail his JR Motorsports teammate Allgaier in fifth.

Sage Karam earned his personal-best start and the best career start for Sam Hunt Racing of sixth.

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Joe Gibbs teammates Connor Mosack and John Hunter Nemechek shared row eight together with their seventh- and eighth-place efforts, respectively.

Karam’s teammate Kaz Grala matched his best qualifying position with the team with a ninth-place run.

Sammy Smith, who ran off twice in the second round of qualifying, was the slowest of the 10 in round two and completed the top 10.

Jeremy Clements went off track during his round of qualifying and damaged the splitter of his car off the kink. He finished the day in 31st.

Daniel Hemric did not make a lap during qualifying. His No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro had an engine problem, relegating him to the back of the field in 32nd.

Brandon Jones suffered the heaviest damage during practice. The team rolled out the backup car before qualifying and did not set a lap, starting at the tail of the field in 33rd.

Ryan Sieg sustained damage to his splitter during practice and did not set a lap. His No. 39 Ford Mustang finished the day in 34th.

Other drivers who did not put down a time during qualifying were Ryan Ellis, Kyle Weatherman, Alex Labbe and Joe Graf Jr.

Xfinity Road America Lineup

The Xfinity Series will take on the colossal 4-mile Road America July 29 at 3 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by NBC.

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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