Suarez edges title combatants for Xfinity Series pole

Advantage Daniel Suarez for the start of today's NASCAR Xfinity Series finale as he will lead the field of 40 to the green flag.

The first round of qualifying was not without its drama. The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was stuck in tech for the entirety of Round 1, never making a lap. The car, piloted by Matt Tifft this weekend, is trying to secure the NXS owner's title for JGR. He will start 39th.

"It's on me, it's my fault," said crew chief Chris Gayle.

Kyle Larson put up the quickest time during the twenty-minute session, circling the track in 32.093 seconds (168.261mph). 

Matt DiBenedetto was the final driver to advance into the second round, edging Dakoda Armstrong by 0.004. Ryan Preece, Jeremy Clements and Garrett Smithley also just missed out on advancing.

There are five drivers who failed to qualify for the race: David Starr (#93), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Mike Harmon (#74), Dexter Stacey (#70), Ryan Ellis (#77).

In the final 60 seconds of Round 2, Alex Bowman jumped up above the cut-line, pushing Ryan Reed out. Blake Koch was the final driver to transfer into the pole round, 0.003 to the good. 

Daniel Suarez was quickest this time around with a 31.941-second lap (169.062mph). All four championship contenders advanced (Suarez, Erik Jones, Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier). Others that made it through: Larson, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr., Bowman, Ty Dillon, Brandon Jones, and Koch.

In the final five minutes of Round 3 qualifying, the four title combatants made their presence known. As the clock winded down, Sadler led the way, but there was one more bullet to dodge. 

Suarez waited until the last possible moment to leave pit road and he went straight to P1 on his flying lap with a 31.779-second lap (169.924mph). Sadler will start second, Jones third, Blaney fourth, and the elder Dillon fifth. Allgaier was the slowest of the Championship 4, but he will still start up in sixth.

Cla#DriverManufacturerTimeGapMph
1 19  Daniel Suarez  Toyota 31.779   169.924
2 1  Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 31.812 0.033 169.747
3 20  Erik Jones  Toyota 31.850 0.071 169.545
4 22  Ryan Blaney  Ford 32.031 0.252 168.587
5 2  Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 32.039 0.260 168.545
6 7  Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 32.119 0.340 168.120
7 42  Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 32.127 0.348 168.083
8 88  Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 32.270 0.491 167.338
9 6  Darrell Wallace Jr.  Ford 32.284 0.505 167.266
10 33  Brandon Jones  Chevrolet 32.330 0.551 167.028

CLICK HERE for complete starting lineup

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR XFINITY
Event Homestead
Track Homestead-Miami Speedway
Drivers Elliott Sadler , Justin Allgaier , Daniel Suarez , Erik Jones
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing , JR Motorsports
Article type Qualifying report