JR Motorsports’ Noah Gragson has gained the pole for right this moment’s NASCAR Xfinity Collection race at Michigan Worldwide Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, USA Community, NBC Sports activities App and NBCSports.com).
Gragson led Saturday morning qualifying with a lap of 190.370 mph across the 2-mile oval.
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That lap was fast sufficient to beat Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger (190.340 mph), who got here inside 0.006 seconds of Gragson within the ultimate qualifying try of the session to assert second on the beginning grid.
When requested what he and his staff have to do to show the pole right into a win this afternoon, Gragson’s reply to NBC Sports activities was easy.
“Simply not making an attempt too onerous,” he stated. “I really feel like while you strive too onerous, you’ll be able to take your self out of the sport and virtually concentrate on the flawed issues.
“I really feel very snug and assured with this staff. We’re right here to win races. We actually wish to win at this place particularly… We simply have to remain centered all through the race and be there on the finish.”
Like the primary row, Row 2 will embrace a JRM and a Kaulig driver. JRM’s Justin Allgaier was third quickest (189.643 mph) in qualifying, adopted by Kaulig’s Daniel Hemric in fourth (189.618 mph).
Row 3 options Joe Gibbs Racing’s Sammy Smith (189.558 mph) and one other JRM driver, Josh Berry (188.768 mph).
Additionally having robust qualifying efforts have been Kyle Weatherman (eighth quickest, 188.176 mph) and Brandon Brown (tenth quickest; 188.053 mph). Weatherman joins Brandon Jones in row 4, whereas Brown joins Ty Gibbs in row 5. Weatherman ties his career-best qualifying effort.