AJ Allmendinger, who won this race a year ago, will start on the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Circuit of the Americas.
Allmendinger earned the pole with a lap of 92.173 mph Friday on the 20-turn, 3.41-mile road course.
He will be joined on the front row Sammy Smith (91.827 mph).
Ty Gibbs (91.665) will start third. Sheldon Creed (91.652) qualified fourth. Parker Kligerman (91.195) will start fifth.
Cup driver William Byron will start ninth. Byron’s time was disallowed for cutting the esses. Cole Custer, who will start 10th, didn’t make a lap in the final round of qualifying.
Cup driver Aric Almirola (91.269) qualified 13th. Truck Series racer Carson Hocevar (90.669) will start 17th. Alex Labbe (90.476) will start 23rd. He’s filling in for Josh Williams, who is serving a one-race suspension for parking his car at the start/finish line of last weekend’s race at Atlanta.
Austin Hill, the dominant driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series through the early weeks of the season, will be looking for his first Xfinity road course win Saturday.
Hill has won three of the season’s first five races, scoring victories at Daytona, Las Vegas and Atlanta.
Hill has been close in previous road course runs. He has a second at COTA, a third at Portland, a fourth at Road America and a ninth at Indianapolis.
Kyle Busch and AJ Allmendinger own wins in the previous Xfinity races at COTA.
Allmendinger and three other Cup Series regulars — Aric Almirola, William Byron and Ty Gibbs — are scheduled to race in the Xfinity event.
Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Circuit of the Americas
(All times Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at 5:08 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled at 5:19 p.m.
PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 2 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Jordan Thiessen of Pit Boss Grills at 5 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by recording artist Payton Keller at 5:01 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 46 laps (156 miles) on the 3.41-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 14. Stage 2 ends at Lap 30.
STARTING LINEUP: COTA Xfinity starting lineup
TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 5 p.m. … NASCAR RaceDay airs at 4 p.m. on FS1. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. and can be heard at goprn.com. …SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.
FORECAST: Weather Underground — Mainly sunny. Temperature of 82 at race time. No chance of rain.
LAST TIME: AJ Allmendinger won last March’s Xfinity race at COTA. Austin Hill was two seconds behind in second place. Cole Custer finished third.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Cole Custer will start on the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway.
Custer earned his 13th career series pole with a lap of 129.959 mph. He’ll be joined on the front row by Justin Allgaier (129.706 mph). Allgaier has finished no worse than third in the first three races of the season.
Daniel Hemric (129.287 mph) qualified third and was followed by John Hunter Nemechek (129.227) and Sheldon Creed (129.176).
Kyle Busch, driving his second consecutive race with Kaulig Racing, did not make an attempt and will start at the rear for unapproved adjustments. He will start on the last row in 37th. Parker Kligerman will start last in the 38-car field after getting into the wall on his attempt.
The Xfinity race is scheduled to take the green flag at 4:47 p.m. ET.
Chandler Smith scored his first career Xfinity pole, posting the fastest lap in Friday night’s Xfinity Series qualifying session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Kaulig Racing driver earned the pole with a lap of 183.119 mph. He will be joined on the front row by Justin Allgaier (182.778 mph).
Cole Custer (182.500) qualified third. Brett Moffitt (182.211) qualified fourth. Josh Berry (182.168) qualified fifth. Kyle Busch (180.156) qualified 11th. Tyler Reddick (179.683) qualified 15th.
The cars of Custer, Berry, Sheldon Creed, Busch, Brandon Jones and Gray Gaulding will go to the rear for using backup cars. Xfinity teams must use the same car this weekend as they raced at Auto Club Speedway or start at the rear of the field.
Mason Maggio and Ryan Vargas each failed to qualify.
The Xfinity race is scheduled to take the green flag at 4:49 p.m. ET Saturday.
In the first two Xfinity races of the season, JR Motorsports driver Sam Mayer has gone upside down (Daytona) and finished second (Auto Club). His quest for his first career series victory continues Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Daytona winner Austin Hill enters this weekend first in the points. Auto Club winner John Hunter Nemechek is second in the points. Justin Allgaier is third in the points.
Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
(All times Eastern)
START: Jennifer White, senior vice president of communications and partnership marketing for Richard Childress Racing, will give the command to start engines at 4:38 p.m. … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:49 p.m.
PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 1:30 p.m. … Driver intros are at 4 p.m. … Motor Racing Outreach’s Billy Mauldin will give the invocation at 4:30 p.m. … Marisa Corvo will perform the national anthem at 4:31 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) on the 1.5-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 90.
TO THE REAR: The cars of Cole Custer, Josh Berry, Sheldon Creed, Kyle Busch, Brandon Jones and Gray Gaulding will go to the rear for using backup cars. Xfinity teams must use the same car this weekend as they raced at Auto Club Speedway or start at the rear of the fieldJosh .
STARTING LINEUP: Las Vegas Xfinity starting lineup
TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 4:30 p.m. . … NASCAR Raceday airs at 3:30 p.m. on FS1. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 4 p.m. and also will stream at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.
FORECAST: Weather Underground — High of 62 degrees with a zero percent chance of rain and wind gusts topping 20 mph at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: Josh Berry won the Las Vegas playoff race in October. He was followed by Noah Gragson and Justin Allgaier, as JR Motorsports went 1-2-3.