Austin Cindric Earns Atlanta Xfinity Series Pole

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Austin Cindric (Sean Gardner/Getty Images photo)

HAMPTON, Ga. – NASCAR Xfinity Series point leader Austin Cindric will start first when the green flag waves over Saturday’s EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Cindric, the driver of the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske, received the pole courtesy of the highest metric score among the 40 cars entered to compete.

Lap speed is weighted at 15 percent, previous race finish at 25 percent for the driver and owner results and owner points position at 35 percent to calculate the final metric score.

Cindric earned the pole with a perfect metric score of 1.0, factoring in his win from Phoenix Raceway, the fastest lap from the event and his top seeding in the point standings after five of 33 races this season.

Jeb Burton will join Cindric on the front row courtesy of a tiebreaker over his Kaulig Racing teammate, A.J. Allmendinger. Burton and Allmendinger both had metric scores of 5.55, however Burton’s No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro was higher in car owner points.

Brandon Brown rolls off fourth ahead of Harrison Burton, with Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, Brett Moffitt, Myatt Snider and Jeremy Clements filling out the first five rows of the grid.

Martin Truex Jr., making his first Xfinity Series start since the 2010 season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, starts 18th in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota Supra.

JR Motorsports driver Noah Gragson, an expected championship contender, will roll off 30th Saturday after suffering an engine failure at Phoenix Raceway last weekend.

To view the complete starting lineup and full performance metric breakdown, click here.

Saturday’s EchoPark 250 takes the green flag at 5 p.m. ET, with live coverage on FS1, the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.