Tifft on the XFINITY Pole at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala.– Matt Tifft will lead the field to the green flag for this afternoon’s race at Talladega.

The driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota scored the pole for today’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway with a time of 52.857 and a speed of 181.168 mph.

It’s the first career pole for the 19-year old of Fairfax, Virginia.

Daniel Suárez will start second in his No. 19 JGR Toyota after posting a time of 52.951 and a speed of 180.846 mph. Austin Dillon will start third in his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet after posting a time of 53.051 and a speed of 180.506 mph. Erik Jones will start fourth in his No. 20 JGR Toyota after posting a time of 53.092 and a speed of 180.366 mph. Ty Dillon will round out the top-five in his No. 3 RCR Chevrolet after posting a time of 53.136 and a speed of 180.217 mph.

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Brendan Gaughan will start sixth in his No. 62 RCR Chevrolet. Ryan Reed will start seventh in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Joey Logano will start eighth in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Elliott Sadler will start ninth in his No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. JJ Yeley will round out the top-10 starters in his No. 44 TriStar Motorsports Toyota.

Derrick Cope, Mike Harmon and Josh Reaume were the three drivers that failed to make the race.

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