Reddick takes Xfinity pole at Homestead, Hemric leads title contenders
Tyler Reddick secured his second-career pole Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Title hopeful William Byron shot to the top of the charts with a 163.706mph lap, but it wasn't enough to hang on for pole. Ryan Preece slid into P1, only to be bumped moments later by Cole Custer.
It was ultimately Reddick who threw down a 165.624mph lap to snag pole position from them all. He will lead the field to the green flag in the Ford EcoBoost 300 Saturday afternoon.
"I thought it was going to be horrible," he admitted after qualifying. "I thought we were going to be fifth or sixth to be honest. We were getting through 1 and 2 really good which gave us a cushion in 3 and 4. It's a pretty good feeling to end the year on it."
Custer, who just missed out on the final four at Phoenix, will start alongside Reddick on the front row. Newly crowned Camping World Truck Series champion Christopher Bell will start third while Daniel Hemric leads the Championship 4 drivers up in fourth.
Byron ended up falling down to sixth, but he's not concerned. "It was normal. We usually qualify fifth or sixth which is good because we usually race a little bit better. Hopefully we can get up by the wall and make it stick."
Bell led the way in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the opening round of qualifying. Ty Majeski was second, Reddick third, Custer fourth and Sam Hornish Jr. fifth.
All four championship drivers easily advanced beyond the first round of qualifying. Hemric was sixth, Sadler 12th, Byron 15th and Allgaier 16th.
Casey Mears was the final driver to make the cut in 24th. Surprisingly, Richard Childress Racing's Ben Kennedy was among those eliminated, clocking in just behind Mears 25th.
Reddick went quickest in the second round of qualifying at 166.22mph. Hemric was once again the quickest title contender in fifth. Byron clocked in ninth and was the only JR Motorsports driver to advance.
Both Sadler and Allgaier found themselves on the wrong side of the cut line and will start 14th and 16th, respectively.
Reddick, Custer, Hemric, Bell, Byron, Preece, Poole, Majeski, Tifft, Koch and Mears were the twelve drivers who advanced into the pole round.
|8||22||Sam Hornish Jr.||Ford||32.998||0.394||163.646|
|27||07||Ray Black Jr.||Chevrolet||33.572||0.968||160.848|
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