Ryan Blaney qualified first for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway after a light rain shortened qualifying for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 to one round.
The pole is Blaney’s second in 66 Xfinity starts. It’s Team Penske’s 60th Xfinity pole and the first of this season.
Ryan Truex will start second. It’s his first front row start since winning the pole for the June 2012 race at Dover.
Only 34 cars made a qualifying attempt in round one. Kevin Harvick, Daniel Hemric, Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler and Kaz Grala were among the eight drivers who did not make it through inspection in time to make a lap.
Two drivers for underfunded teams who don’t normally qualify in the top 12 (though there was no final round) benefited from the absence of several contenders in qualifying.
The first round of qualifying was red flagged twice for rain and a third time for a Mike Harmon spin.
Harmon and Matt Mills failed to qualify.