Allmendinger Nabs Road America Xfinity Pole

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A.J. Allmendinger is on the pole for Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America. (Nicholas Dettmann Photo)
A.J. Allmendinger is on the pole for Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America. (Nicholas Dettmann Photo)

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – A.J. Allmendinger hopes history repeats itself.

On Saturday morning, Allmendinger qualified on the pole for the 10th annual CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America.

In 2013, Allmendinger won the pole and went on to win the race. He is one of three former winners at Road America in the race – Justin Allgaier (2018) and Jeremy Clements (2017).

There has not been a repeat winner in the Xfinity Series at Road America in the previous nine runnings. Carl Edwards won the inaugural race in 2010. Other winners include Reed Sorenson, Nelson Piquet Jr., Brendan Gaughan, Paul Menard and Michael McDowell.

Driving for Kaulig Racing, Allmendinger’s pole-winning time was 2:12.731.

Matt DiBenedetto, driving the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, was second quickest at 2:13.229. Austin Cindric was third at 2:13.286, followed by Cole Custer (2:33.648) and Noah Gragson (2:33.607).

Allgaier was eighth quickest at 2:14.203 and Clements was ninth at 2:14.411.

Cindric has won the last two road-course races. He’s trying to become the first driver to win three-straight NASCAR road-course races since Terry Labonte did it in 1994-96 at Watkins Glen.

It is Allmendinger’s fourth Xfinity Series race in 2019. He was disqualified from his first two starts (Daytona Int’l Speedway and Watkins Glen Int’l) and finished third at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The race starts at 3 p.m. eastern on NBC Sports.