Jones on the Pole in XFINITY at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn.– Erik Jones will lead the field to the green flag for this afternoon’s XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota scored the pole for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 with a time of 15.239 and a speed of 125.914 mph. It’s his fifth career pole in the XFINITY Series and second of 2016.

Austin Dillon qualified second in his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with a time of 15.284 and a speed of 125.543 mph. Kyle Larson qualified third in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with a time of 15.337 and a speed of 125.109 mph. Daniel Suárez qualified fourth in his No. 19 JGR Toyota with a time of 15.347 and a speed of 125.028 mph. Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five in his No. 18 JGR Toyota with a time of 15.355 and a speed of 124.963 mph.

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Joey Logano qualified sixth in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Justin Allgaier qualified seventh in his No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Aric Almirola qualified eighth in his No. 98 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. Brandon Jones qualified ninth in his No. 33 RCR Chevrolet. Ty Dillon rounded out the top-10 in his No. 3 RCR Chevrolet.

Ross Chastain qualified 11th in his No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet. Kevin Harvick rounded out the 12 drivers that made the final round of qualifying in his No. 88 JRM Chevrolet.

Carl Long and Morgan Shepherd were the two drivers that did not qualify.

Next up for the XFINITY Series will be the two heat races with race 1 at 12:30 p.m. and race 2 at 1:30, all times ET.

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My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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