Daytona Beach, Fla – Like usual, it was a light days work so far for the NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers. The reason? Like they do on a weekly basis, both practice sessions for the race weekend occurred yesterday. Today, all they’ve had so far was qualifying to set the field for tonight’s Coca Cola Firecracker 250 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN).
In qualifying on Friday, Brennan Poole will start on the pole for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Daytona International Speedway. Poole, turned a lap of 182.949 mph in his No. 48 Chevrolet en route to his first career XFINITY Series pole.
Poole, narrowly beat hometown hero Ben Kennedy who turned a lap around the 2.5-mile high banked track with a speed of 182.793 mph in his No. 2 Chevrolet for an all Chevy front row lockout.
Last weeks winner William Byron was third quickest, while Blake Koch and another rookie in Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five in qualifying fourth and fifth respectively.
Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez and Joey Logano will start seventh, eighth and 10th respectively.
Some big names also didn’t make it to the final round, as Tyler Reddick (13th) Erik Jones (14th) Ty Dillon (15th) Casey Mears (23rd) and Justin Allgaier (25th) didn’t make it to the second and final round of qualifying this afternoon.
Last year, Aric Almirola came from the 23rd starting spot and won. Seven of the top nine finishers and 14 of the top 17 came from a starting spot outside the top 10. That’s good news for the drivers mentioned above this.
Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 Starting Lineup:
Row 1: Brennan Poole, Ben Kennedy
Row 2: William Byron, Blake Koch
Row 3: Daniel Hemric R, Matt Tifft R
Row 4: Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez
Row 5: Brendan Gaughan, Joey Logano
Row 6: Michael Annett, Ryan Reed
Row 7: Tyler Reddick, Erik Jones
Row 8: Ty Dillon, Brandon Jones
Row 9: Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg
Row 10: Cole Custer R, Ross Chastain
Row 11: Dakoda Armstrong, Spencer Gallagher R
Row 12: Casey Mears, Scott Lagasse Jr.
Row 13: Justin Allgaier, Harrison Rhodes
Row 14: Garrett Smithley, Brandon Brown
Row 15: Chris Cockrum, Ray Black Jr.
Row 16: BJ McLeod, Josh Williams
Row 17: Mario Gosselin, Joey Gase
Row 18: Mike Harmon, Timmy Hill
Row 19: JJ Yeley, Jeremy Clements
Row 20: Mark Thompson, Jeff Green