Reddick takes Xfinity pole at Homestead, Hemric leads title contenders

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Reddick takes Xfinity pole at Homestead, Hemric leads title contenders
Nick DeGroot
By: Nick DeGroot
Nov 18, 2017, 5:11 PM

Tyler Reddick secured his second-career pole Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Tyler Reddick, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Elliott Sadler, JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Title hopeful William Byron shot to the top of the charts with a 163.706mph lap, but it wasn't enough to hang on for pole. Ryan Preece slid into P1, only to be bumped moments later by Cole Custer.

It was ultimately Reddick who threw down a 165.624mph lap to snag pole position from them all. He will lead the field to the green flag in the Ford EcoBoost 300 Saturday afternoon.

"I thought it was going to be horrible," he admitted after qualifying. "I thought we were going to be fifth or sixth to be honest. We were getting through 1 and 2 really good which gave us a cushion in 3 and 4. It's a pretty good feeling to end the year on it."

Custer, who just missed out on the final four at Phoenix, will start alongside Reddick on the front row. Newly crowned Camping World Truck Series champion Christopher Bell will start third while Daniel Hemric leads the Championship 4 drivers up in fourth.

Byron ended up falling down to sixth, but he's not concerned. "It was normal. We usually qualify fifth or sixth which is good because we usually race a little bit better. Hopefully we can get up by the wall and make it stick."

Round 1

Bell led the way in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the opening round of qualifying. Ty Majeski was second, Reddick third, Custer fourth and Sam Hornish Jr. fifth.

All four championship drivers easily advanced beyond the first round of qualifying. Hemric was sixth, Sadler 12th, Byron 15th and Allgaier 16th.

Casey Mears was the final driver to make the cut in 24th. Surprisingly, Richard Childress Racing's Ben Kennedy was among those eliminated, clocking in just behind Mears 25th. 

Round 2

Reddick went quickest in the second round of qualifying at 166.22mph. Hemric was once again the quickest title contender in fifth. Byron clocked in ninth and was the only JR Motorsports driver to advance.

Both Sadler and Allgaier found themselves on the wrong side of the cut line and will start 14th and 16th, respectively.

Reddick, Custer, Hemric, Bell, Byron, Preece, Poole, Majeski, Tifft, Koch and Mears were the twelve drivers who advanced into the pole round.

Cla#DriverManufacturerTimeGapMph
1 42 united_states Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 32.604   165.624
2 00 united_states Cole Custer  Ford 32.745 0.141 164.911
3 20 united_states Christopher Bell  Toyota 32.810 0.206 164.584
4 21 united_states Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 32.820 0.216 164.534
5 18 united_states Ryan Preece  Toyota 32.839 0.235 164.439
6 9 united_states William Byron  Chevrolet 32.986 0.382 163.706
7 48 united_states Brennan Poole  Chevrolet 32.996 0.392 163.656
8 22 united_states Sam Hornish Jr.  Ford 32.998 0.394 163.646
9 60 united_states Ty Majeski  Ford 33.096 0.492 163.162
10 19 united_states Matt Tifft  Toyota 33.143 0.539 162.930
11 11 united_states Blake Koch  Chevrolet 33.188 0.584 162.709
12 98 united_states Casey Mears  Ford 33.263 0.659 162.343
13 3 united_states Harrison Rhodes  Chevrolet 33.071 0.467 163.285
14 1 united_states Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 33.122 0.518 163.034
15 16 united_states Ryan Reed  Ford 33.242 0.638 162.445
16 7 united_states Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 33.272 0.668 162.299
17 24 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 33.319 0.715 162.070
18 5 united_states Michael Annett  Chevrolet 33.332 0.728 162.006
19 4 united_states Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 33.382 0.778 161.764
20 33 united_states Brandon Jones  Chevrolet 33.531 0.927 161.045
21 14 united_states J.J. Yeley  Toyota 33.629 1.025 160.576
22 01 united_states Joe Nemechek  Chevrolet 33.714 1.110 160.171
23 62 united_states Brendan Gaughan  Chevrolet 33.723 1.119 160.128
24 93 united_states Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 0.000   0.000
25 2 united_states Ben Kennedy  Chevrolet 33.509 0.905 161.151
26 0 united_states Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 33.540 0.936 161.002
27 07 united_states Ray Black Jr.  Chevrolet 33.572 0.968 160.848
28 23 united_states Spencer Gallagher  Chevrolet 33.582 0.978 160.800
29 51 united_states Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 33.650 1.046 160.475
30 8 united_states Caesar Bacarella  Chevrolet 33.841 1.237 159.570
31 15 united_states Harrison Rhodes  Chevrolet 33.885 1.281 159.363
32 52 united_states Joey Gase  Chevrolet 34.017 1.413 158.744
33 90 united_states Josh Williams  Chevrolet 34.023 1.419 158.716
34 13 united_states Carl Long  Toyota 34.049 1.445 158.595
35 78 united_states B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 34.067 1.463 158.511
36 40 united_states Chad Finchum  Chevrolet 34.298 1.694 157.444
37 39 united_states Stephen Leicht  Chevrolet 34.402 1.798 156.968
38 99 united_states David Starr  Chevrolet 34.622 2.018 155.970
39 74 ireland John Graham  Dodge 36.100 3.496 149.584
40 38 united_states Jeff Green  Chevrolet 36.229 3.625 149.052
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