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Christopher Bell wins pole for Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway

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Christopher Bell qualified first for this afternoon’s Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

Bell claimed the pole for the Roseanne 300 with a speed of 181.059 mph to earn his third pole of the year.

Joey Logano qualified second with a speed of 180.923 mph. He has started on the front row in five of 10 Xfinity starts at Auto Club Speedway.

Bell’s pole joins the ones he earned at Atlanta and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“Qualifying is about speed and this No. 20 team has had speed,” Bell told Fox Sports 1. “Every time we unload at a race track we have really fast Camrys and this week is no exception. … We we unloaded yesterday we were really good, really happy. I was just a little bit loose. Anytime we tightened it up and got it more comfortable for me to drive we slowed down.”

The top five is completed by John Hunter Nemechek (180.923), Cole Custer (179.933) and Daniel Hemric (179.879).

Rookie Kaz Grala qualified 12th for his career-best starting spot through five starts.

Grala’s teammate, Dylan Luptonwrecked in Turn 1 during his qualifying run in Round 1 and will start the race in a backup car.

Click here for qualifying results.

Xfinity race in Phoenix resumes as Kyle Busch wins Stage 2

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The DC Solar 200 resumed from a second red flag period with a one-lap shootout to end Stage 2, won by Kyle Busch.

Busch beat out Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Truex.

The race was halted on Lap 87 of 200, three laps from the end of the stage

The red flag was issued during a caution for a Matt Mills‘ accident.

The first red flag period came after the end of Stage 1 and lasted for over one hour.

Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity pole at ISM Raceway

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Justin Allgaier qualified first for today’s Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway.

The defending winner of the DC Solar 200, Allgaier captured the pole with a speed of 133.849 mph.

It is the sixth career pole for the JR Motorsports driver.

“Having a Camaro at the front is a good thing but also doing it at the end of the race is even more important,” Allgaier told Fox Sports 1. “I don’t think I’ve ever qualified that well here or any of the tracks I really enjoy like this place.”

Brad Keselowski qualified second with a speed of 133.784 mph.

Following him is Cole Custer (133.779), Christopher Bell (133.665) and Kyle Busch (133.630).

Jamie McMurray will start sixth in his first Xfinity race since 2013.

Austin Cindric, Ty Dillon and Michael Annett failed to advance to the final round.

Tyler Reddick got into the Turn 3 wall during his qualifying run in Round 1 and brought out the red flag. Reddick will go to a backup car and start from the rear.

JR Motorsports will have two cars starting from the rear after Elliott Sadler‘s team replaced the engine in his No. 1 Chevrolet on Friday.

Click here for qualifying results.

Xfinity Series practice report from ISM Raceway

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Cole Custer was fastest in the final Xfinity Series practice Friday at ISM Raceway.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver posted a top speed of 131.420 mph.

Custer was followed by 10-time track winner Kyle Busch, who put down a lap at 130.847 mph.

The top five was completed by Brad Keselowski (130.781), Daniel Hemric (130.747) and Justin Allgaier (130.591).

Rookie Kaz Grala recorded the most laps with 57. He was 17th fastest.

Keselowski had the best 10-lap average at 130.096 mph.

First practice

Christopher Bell posted the top speed of 133.869 mph around the 1-mile track.

Bell’s teammate, Kyle Busch, followed with a speed of 132.256 mph

The top five was completed by Justin Allgaier (131.382), Brad Keselowski (131.253) and Cole Custer (131.214).

Keselowski had the best 10-lap average at 130.413 mph. He also recorded the most laps in the session with 31.

The session was slowed once when Elliott Sadler lost his engine with about 33 minutes left in the session.

He will start from the rear in tomorrow’s DC Solar 200.

Practice No. 1 speed chart

Final practice speed chart


NASCAR docks 3 Cup, 5 Xfinity teams practice time at Phoenix

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Jimmie Johnson‘s team is among three Cup teams that will be penalized track time during today’s practice session at ISM Raceway, NASCAR announced Friday morning.

Johnson’s team will lose 30 minutes for failing pre-race inspection three times last weekend at Las Vegas. The No. 15 team with Ross Chastain faces the same penalty for the same infraction.

Matt DiBenedetto‘s team will lose 15 minutes for failing pre-race inspection twice last weekend at Las Vegas.

Cup teams have a 50-minute practice from 12:35 – 1:25 p.m. ET today.

In the Xfinity Series, the cars of Kaz Grala, Chad Finchum, Josh Bilicki, Timmy Hill and Cole Custer will each be docked 15 minutes of practice. The teams of Grala, Finchum, Bilicki and Hill are penalized for being out of the garage late for inspection last weekend at Las Vegas. Custer’s team is penalized for failing pre-race inspection twice last weekend at Las Vegas.

Those penalties will be served in the first Xfinity practice, which is from 2:05 – 2:55 p.m. ET.

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