Brandon Jones qualified first for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway, earning his second career pole.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver earned the pole with a speed of 155.831 mph. He will be joined on the front row by teammate Noah Gragson (155.629 mph).
“We need XYO (Networks) on the car more often, best-career finish last week with them on the car and now a pole,” Jones told Fox Sports 1. “This is a driver’s track, too. I got a pole last year at Daytona and we all know how that place is. To be able to have raw speed here that’s pretty awesome.”
JGR swept the front row for the 52nd time.
The top five is completed by Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric.
Jones and Sadler are two of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers. The other two are Justin Allgaier (sixth) and Ryan Sieg (13th).
Johnny Sauter, driving in place of the suspended Spencer Gallagher, qualified 11th.
Nine cars did not make a lap in Round 1 after they failed to get through inspection in time.
David Starr, Cody Ware, Christopher Bell, Michael Annett, Cole Custer, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick and Stephen Leicht did not make laps.
Ware did not make the race.
Click here for qualifying results.
The final round of the Dash 4 Cash takes place today at Dover International Superspeedway. That means no Cup regulars will be in this race. Battling for the $100,000 bonus will be Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones and Ryan Sieg.
Here are the details for today’s race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Bob Hurzeler, chief operating officer of OneMain Financial, will give the command to start engines at 12:39 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 12:46 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (200 miles) around the 1-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 6 a.m. Qualifying is at 9:35 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 10:45 p.m. Driver introductions are at 12:05 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Dave Bray, U.S. Navy veteran and national recording artist, will perform the anthem at 12:31 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race beginning at 12:30 p.m. Coverage begins at noon. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at noon and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for cloudy skies with a high of 69 degrees and zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: Kyle Larson won this event last year (held in June). Ryan Blaney was second. Daniel Suarez finished third. In the September race, Blaney won, Justin Allgaier was second and William Byron placed third.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.
Christopher Bell posted the fastest lap in final practice for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway.
His lap of 152.665 mph was .221 seconds better than Elliott Sadler (151.248 mph).
Tyler Reddick (150.981), Austin Cindric (150.584) and Matt Tifft rounded out the top five.
On his first lap of final practice, John Hunter Nemechek spun in turn four and hit the inside wall on the front straightaway. He rolled out a backup car and posted the 19th fastest lap of 148.429 mph.
Noah Gragson ran the most laps at 48.
Tyler Reddick had the quickest 10-lap average with a speed of 149.434 mph.
Gragson was second on this chart at 148.931 mph.
Click here for complete final practice results.
Gragson recorded the fastest lap in Friday’s opening Xfinity practice.
Gragson led the way with a lap of 153.420 mph. He was followed by Cole Custer (153.244 mph), Dash 4 Cash driver Brandon Jones (153.191), Nemechek (153.042) and Reddick (153.003).
Cody Ware struck the wall late in the session in Mike Harmon‘s car.
Kaz Grala and Nemechek ran the most laps at 35.
Nemechek had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 152.121 mph. He was one of four drivers to run 10 consecutive laps as most drivers focused on qualifying setups.
Click here for practice report
The last chance for four Xfinity Series drivers to walk away with $100,000 is here.
This weekend’s OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway marks the end of this season’s Dash 4 Cash campaign, where four drivers compete against each other for the bonus money in four races.
The final set of drivers was established last Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway by the top four finishing drivers competing for points in the Xfinity Series.
But the lineup hit a snag on Wednesday when it was announced that race winner Spencer Gallagher was suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.
The set of four drivers now includes JR Motorsports’ Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones and independent driver Ryan Sieg. Sieg takes the place of Gallagher.
Sadler enters the race having won the last two Dash 4 Cash bonuses at Talladega and Richmond.
Just like with the first three Dash 4 Cash races, the four drivers will not have to compete against any Cup drivers in the race.
Here’s a look at each driver’s record at the 1-mile track.
- In 20 Xfinity starts at Dover, Sadler has three top fives, 13 top 10s and one pole (Oct. 2011).
- Hasn’t finished better than sixth in last six Dover starts.
- Has led 22 laps at Dover.
- Sadler will try to earn his 100th career top-five finish. He has 99 top fives in 371 starts after placing fifth at Talladega.
- Has finished in top 10 in every race this year.
- In 14 Xfinity starts at Dover, has four top fives and seven top-10 finishes. Finished second in last fall’s race.
- Three of his top fives have come in last four starts there.
- Has led 19 laps at Dover.
- Has finished in top 10 in six of nine races this year.
- Enters Dover off career-best second-place finish at Talladega and three consecutive top 10s.
- This is Jones’ first time as a Dash 4 Cash participant.
- In four starts at Dover, hasn’t finished better than 17th. DNFs in last two starts.
- One top five and five top 10s through nine races this season.
- In eight Xfinity starts at Dover, has never finished better than 13th in his first start in 2014.
- Hasn’t finished on lead lap since first two Dover starts.
- Average finish of 16.1.
- Has never recorded a DNF at Dover.
- Sixth-place finish at Talladega was first top 10 of season.
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Cole Custer posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Sparks Energy 300 with a speed of 194.125 mph.
Custer beat Spencer Gallagher (193.980 mph) by .037 seconds.
Ryan Truex (193.952), Brandon Jones (193.948) and Elliott Sadler (193.322) rounded out the top five.
Sadler is one of the Dash 4 Cash contenders this week.
The other three contenders all recorded top-12 laps. Matt Tifft (192.533) had the eighth fastest time, Christopher Bell (192.393) was 10th and Austin Cindric (192.197) 12th.
Jones had the quickest, 10-lap average of 191.887 mph with Bell (191.416) second.
Click here for complete results from practice one.
Only 17 cars competed in final practice with Shane Lee posting the fastest lap of 187.938 mph.
Truex (186.343 mph) was second fastest in the session with Ryan Reed (186.148), Ty Majeski (185.441) and Alex Labbe (184.951) rounding out the top five.
None of the Dash 4 Cash contenders participated in this practice.
No one ran 10 or more laps.
Click here for full results from Xfinity final practice.
Qualification will take place Saturday at 10:00 a.m.