Matt Tifft wins the pole for Xfinity Series race at Road America

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Matt Tifft wins the pole for Xfinity Series race at Road America
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Aug 25, 2018, 5:46 PM

Matt Tifft got some redemption at Road America but is looking for more.

Tifft won the pole for Saturday’s Johnsonville 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America with an average lap speed of 109.307 mph.

"It felt really good. It's kind of cool, it's back-to-back poles. I got the pole for the Trans-Am race and then I got this," said Tifft, who finished second to Ty Majeski in Saturday morning's Trans-Am race. "Just a great job all weekend from our Richard Childress Racing team.

"I had a really good run last year in both the ARCA and Xfinity races. We've been close here so many times and this car has just been great all weekend. The Xfinity Series has such a great schedule and I love these road course races."

In last year’s race, Tifft was two laps from winning when he spun out racing for the lead with eventual winner Jeremy Clements and went off track. He ended up third.

The pole is the second of Tifft’s career and first of the 2018 season. His previous pole came in 2016 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Cole Custer qualified second (109.294 mph) and James Davison third (109.262 mph). Justin Marks and series points leader Christopher Bell completed the top-five.

Rounding out the Top 12 starters are Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Truex, Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed, Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric.

Round 1

Marks, who was fastest in Friday’s final practice session, led the way in the first round with an average lap speed of 109.672 mph.

Marks was able to edge Davison (109.666 mph) while Cindric ended up third (109.620 mph). Custer and Tifft completed the top-five.

Also advancing to the final round were Allgaier, Gaughan, Bell, Reed, Jones, Hemric and Truex.

Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, making his first NASCAR national series start since 2012, ended up 23rd-fastest.

Sports car veteran Katherine Legge, making his second series start, will line up 26th and IndyCar driver Conor Daly qualified 15th.

Take a virtual lap in a NASCAR Xfinity Series car around the Road America circuit, courtesy of NASCAR Heat 3: 

Cla # Driver 4506 Time Gap Mph
1 2 United States Matt Tifft  Chevrolet 133.320   109.307
2 00 United States Cole Custer  Ford 133.336 0.016 109.294
3 18 James Davison  Toyota 133.375 0.055 109.262
4 42 United States Justin Marks  Chevrolet 133.581 0.261 109.093
5 20 United States Christopher Bell  Toyota 133.729 0.409 108.973
6 3 United States Brendan Gaughan  Chevrolet 133.895 0.575 108.838
7 11 United States Ryan Truex  Chevrolet 134.510 1.190 108.340
8 22 United States Austin Cindric  Ford 134.626 1.306 108.247
9 19 United States Brandon Jones  Toyota 134.865 1.545 108.055
10 16 United States Ryan Reed  Ford 135.684 2.364 107.402
11 7 United States Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 136.718 3.398 106.590
12 21 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 134.309 0.989 108.502
13 90 United States Andy Lally  Chevrolet 134.468 1.148 108.374
14 51 United States Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 134.621 1.301 108.251
15 6 United States Conor Daly  Ford 134.682 1.362 108.202
16 4 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 134.737 1.417 108.157
17 1 United States Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 135.050 1.730 107.907
18 61 United States Kaz Grala  Ford 135.156 1.836 107.822
19 5 United States Michael Annett  Chevrolet 135.748 2.428 107.352
20 39 United States Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 135.909 2.589 107.225
21 60 United States Ty Majeski  Ford 135.965 2.645 107.181
22 38 United States Brian Henderson  Chevrolet 136.043 2.723 107.119
23 23 United States Bill Elliott  Chevrolet 136.139 2.819 107.044
24 8 United States Scott Heckert  Chevrolet 136.176 2.856 107.014
25 45 United States Josh Bilicki  Toyota 136.423 3.103 106.821
26 15 United Kingdom Katherine Legge  Chevrolet 136.539 3.219 106.730
27 36 Canada Alex Labbé  Chevrolet 136.813 3.493 106.516
28 78 United States Ryan Ellis  Chevrolet 137.361 4.041 106.091
29 9 United States Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 137.546 4.226 105.949
30 35 United States Joey Gase  Chevrolet 137.982 4.662 105.614
31   United States Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 138.108 4.788 105.517
32 52 United States David Starr  Chevrolet 139.016 5.696 104.828
33 13 United States Timmy Hill  Dodge 139.067 5.747 104.790
34 55 United States James French  Toyota 139.507 6.187 104.459
35 93 United States Jeff Green  Chevrolet 140.715 7.395 103.563
36 40 United States Chad Finchum  Toyota 142.311 8.991 102.401
37 76 United States Spencer Boyd  Chevrolet 143.216 9.896 101.754
38 01 United States Vinnie Miller  Chevrolet 146.577 13.257 99.421
39 74 United States Stephen Leicht  Dodge 147.215 13.895 98.990
40 66 United States Carl Long  Dodge 147.397 14.077 98.868
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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Event Road America
Drivers Matt Tifft
Author Jim Utter
Article type Qualifying report