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Cole Custer wins Xfinity pole at Miami

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Championship 4 driver Cole Custer won the pole for today’s Xfinity Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Custer earned his sixth pole of the year with a top speed of 165.598 mph. Custer is the defending winner of the Ford EcoBoost 300.

“It gives me some confidence for sure, but obviously it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t pay to win the pole,” Custer told NBCSN.

Christopher Bell qualified second at 165.345 mph. He has started on the front row in four of the last five races.

Tyler Reddick qualified fourth and Daniel Hemric will start 10th, his worst start of the playoffs.

The top five will be Custer, Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, Reddick and Austin Cindric.

Elliott Sadler qualified seventh for his last race as a full-time driver.

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Christopher Bell wins Xfinity pole at Texas Motor Speedway

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Christopher Bell qualified first for today’s Xfinity Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway (4:46 p.m. ET on NBCSN) with a speed of 189.321 mph.

It is Bell’s fifth pole of the year and the sixth of his career.

“(With) the repave, the way the tires don’t fall off here, I think qualifying means quite a bit about how fast your race car is,” Bell told NBC Sports. “Yesterday in practice I didn’t feel like we were hands down the favorite. This thing’s really fast right now.”

The top five is completed by Shane Lee, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick and Justin Allgaier.

Matt Tifft made contact with the wall on his first run in Round 2. He jumped into the top 12 on his second run with one minute left in the round, knocking Elliott Sadler to 13th. Sadler was the only playoff driver to not make the final round.

Ross Chastain also made contact with the wall exiting Turn 2. He qualified 23rd.

Ty Majeski got loose, spun and backed into the Turn 2 outside wall five minutes into Round 1. 

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Kyle Busch qualifies first at Martinsville

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Kyle Busch qualified first Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, where he is the defending winner in the Round of 8 opener.

Pending inspection, the No. 18 Toyota driver will start on the front row with Clint Bowyer, who qualified a career-best second at Martinsville after winning the most recent Cup race there seven months ago.

“We’ve been good here the last few years, which his nice, especially this time of year,” Busch told NBCSN’s Marty Snider. “The car has had good speed since we’ve been here. We’re just trying to fine-tune the balance. We want to be best and automatically transfer (to the Championship 4).”

It’s the fourth pole this season the 31st of his career for the 2015 champion, who has made the past three Championship 4 rounds. His victory in the Oct. 29, 2017 race was his second on the 0.526-mile oval, where Busch has six consecutive top-five finishes.

Denny Hamlin qualified third, followed by Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola, who earned his best qualifying position in 10 years at Martinsville.

Other playoff drivers who reached the final round: Martin Truex Jr. (sixth), Kurt Busch (seventh) and Joey Logano (11th).

Two playoff drivers failed to advance to the final round: Kevin Harvick (who was bumped to 13th by Joey Logano in the closing seconds) and Chase Elliott (21st).

NASCAR will set the official lineup for the race after cars clear inspection Sunday morning. Drivers whose cars fail inspection will start from the rear after having their times disallowed. Pit selection will occur after cars are inspected.

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Daniel Hemric wins Xfinity pole at Kansas Speedway

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Daniel Hemric won the pole for today’s Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBC).

Hemric claimed his fourth pole of the year with a top speed of 183.955 mph.

The top five was completed by Christopher Bell (182.784 mph), Justin Allgaier (182.426), Austin Cindric (182.254) and Brandon Jones. (182.254).

The top 10 was rounded out by Tyler Reddick, Ryan Preece, Shane Lee, Matt Tifft and Cole Custer.

In Round 2 John Hunter Nemechek qualified 13th. He was followed by Ryan Truex, Michael Annett, Ryan Reed, Spencer Gallagher and Ty Majeski.

Round 1 had a lengthy red flag with 1:05 left in it for fluid on the track. That allowed Reed, Truex and John Nemechek’s cars to get through inspection and make a lap.

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David Gilliland wins pole for Truck Series race at Talladega

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David Gilliland will start on the pole of Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gilliland qualified first with a top speed of 180.570 mph. It is his second Truck Series pole in 14 starts. Both came this year (Daytona).

Gilliland is joined on the front row by Spencer Gallagher (180.550 mph).

Gilliland’s son, Todd Gilliland, qualified sixth for his first race on a superspeedway.

“It’s the most meaningful race I’ve ever raced and here we are on the pole,” David Gilliland told Fox Sports 2.

The top five is completed by Timothy Peters (180.489), playoff driver Grant Enfinger (180.183) and playoff driver Johnny Sauter (179.939).

NASCAR disallowed Bo LeMastus‘ second round time after he dipped below the yellow line on the frontstretch during his run. He will start 12th.

Where the remaining playoff drivers qualified:

Brett Moffitt – eighth

Matt Crafton – ninth

Stewart Friesen – 11th

Noah Gragson – 13th

Ben Rhodes – 14th

Justin Haley – 16th

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