Austin Dillon Takes XFINITY Pole at Richmond

Austin Dillon will lead the field to the green flag in tonight’s XFINITY race in the capital of Virginia.

The driver of the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet scored the pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Richmond International Raceway after posting a time of 22.563 and a speed of 119.665 mph.

It’s his 17th career pole in 112 XFINITY Series starts, first of the season, first in nine starts at Richmond and 13th top-10 start in 2016.

Alex Bowman will start second in his No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet after posting a time of 22.569 and a speed of 119.633 mph. Justin Allgaier will start third in his No. 7 JRM Chevrolet after posting a time of 22.657 and a speed of 119.168 mph. Erik Jones will start fourth in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after posting a time of 22.864 and a speed of 119.027 mph. Blake Koch will round out the top-five in his No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet after posting a time of 22.696 and a speed of 118.964 mph.

Brad Keselowski will start sixth in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Kyle Busch will start seventh in his No. 18 JGR Toyota. Elliott Sadler will start eighth in his No. 1 JRM Chevrolet. Dakoda Armstrong will start ninth in his No. 28 JGL Racing Toyota. Daniel Suarez will round out the top-10 starters in his No. 19 JGR Toyota.

Gray Gaulding will start 11th and Jeremy Clements will round out the 12 drivers that made the final round of qualifying.

Forty-two cars were entered, so Morgan Shepherd and Austin Theriault failed to make the field.

Twenty-three Chevrolet’s, two Dodge’s, seven Ford’s and seven Toyota’s will comprise the 40-car field in tonight’s XFINITY Series race.

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Tucker White
My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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