Cole Custer takes Xfinity pole over Bell at Homestead

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Cole Custer takes Xfinity pole over Bell at Homestead
Nick DeGroot
By: Nick DeGroot
Nov 17, 2018, 6:43 PM

Two Championship 4 drivers will share the front row for Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation
Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry GameStop Transformers John Hunter Nemechek, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Fire Alarm Services, Inc.
Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation
Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation

Cole Custer, who won this race last year in a dominant showing, surged to pole with a 165.598mph lap in the final five minutes of qualifying. Title rival Christopher Bell will start alongside, missing the pole by just 0.050 seconds. For Custer, this is his sixth career pole, all coming this season.

The other two Championship 4 drivers, Tyler Reddick and Daniel Hemric, qualified fourth and tenth respectively. 

John Hunter Nemechek was third, Austin Cindric fifth, Justin Allgaier sixth, Elliott Sadler seventh, Brandon Jones eighth, Matt Tifft ninth, Ryan Reed 11th and Ryan Preece 12th.

Rounds 1 and 2

During the first round of qualifying, Carl Long got up into the wall, but was able to continue. Landon Cassill, driving the No. 89 machine this weekend, was the last driver to advance through to Round 2.

Five drivers failed to qualify for the race: Josh Bilicki, Bayley Currey, Tim Viens, Josh Williams, and Stephen Leicht.

Matt Tifft was the last driver to make the cut in the second round, beating Chase Briscoe by 0.024 seconds. Michael Annett, Ryan Truex, Jeremy Clements, Spencer Gallagher, Kaz Grala, Ryan Sieg, Alex Labbe, Shane Lee, Max Tullman, Ross Chastain and Cassill also failed to advance.

Cla # Driver 4506 Time Gap Mph
1 00 United States Cole Custer  Ford 32.609   165.598
2 20 United States Christopher Bell  Toyota 32.659 0.050 165.345
3 42 United States John Hunter Nemechek  Chevrolet 32.776 0.167 164.755
4 9 United States Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 32.820 0.211 164.534
5 22 United States Austin Cindric  Ford 32.918 0.309 164.044
6 7 United States Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 32.927 0.318 163.999
7 1 United States Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 32.989 0.380 163.691
8 19 United States Brandon Jones  Toyota 33.023 0.414 163.522
9 2 United States Matt Tifft  Chevrolet 33.083 0.474 163.226
10 21 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 33.094 0.485 163.172
11 16 United States Ryan Reed  Ford 33.102 0.493 163.132
12 18 United States Ryan Preece  Toyota 33.183 0.574 162.734
13 60 United States Chase Briscoe  Ford 33.213 0.604 162.587
14 5 United States Michael Annett  Chevrolet 33.275 0.666 162.284
15 11 United States Ryan Truex  Chevrolet 33.317 0.708 162.079
16 51 United States Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 33.339 0.730 161.972
17 23 United States Spencer Gallagher  Chevrolet 33.430 0.821 161.532
18 61 United States Kaz Grala  Ford 33.454 0.845 161.416
19 38 United States Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 33.478 0.869 161.300
20 36 Canada Alex Labbé  Chevrolet 33.531 0.922 161.045
21 3 United States Shane Lee  Chevrolet 33.533 0.924 161.035
22 26 Max Tullman  Ford 33.703 1.094 160.223
23 4 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 33.375 0.766 161.798
24 89 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 33.784 1.175 159.839
25 66 United States Chad Finchum  Toyota 33.808 1.199 159.726
26 35 United States Joey Gase  Chevrolet 33.867 1.258 159.447
27 86 United States Brandon Brown  Chevrolet 33.960 1.351 159.011
28 93 United States J.J. Yeley  Chevrolet 34.005 1.396 158.800
29   United States Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 34.236 1.627 157.729
30 8 United States Tommy Joe Martins  Chevrolet 34.269 1.660 157.577
31 13 United States Timmy Hill  Toyota 34.294 1.685 157.462
32 01 United States B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 34.303 1.694 157.421
33 90 United States Caesar Bacarella  Chevrolet 34.376 1.767 157.086
34 52 United States David Starr  Chevrolet 34.506 1.897 156.495
35 15 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 34.623 2.014 155.966
36 76 United States Spencer Boyd  Chevrolet 34.820 2.211 155.083
37 78 United States Vinnie Miller  Chevrolet 35.075 2.466 153.956
38 40 United States Carl Long  Dodge 36.592 3.983 147.573
39 39 United States Angela Ruch  Chevrolet 36.817 4.208 146.671
40 37 United States Jeff Green  Chevrolet 34.950 2.341 154.506

 

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Event Homestead
Drivers Cole Custer
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Nick DeGroot