Cindric To Lead Homestead Xfinity Field To Green

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Austin Cindric will be the polesitter Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images photo)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Austin Cindric will start from the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Cindric received the top starting spot by virtue of having the highest metric score among the 38 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 metric score of 1.65, factoring in his second-place finish at the Daytona Road Course, the second-fastest lap from the event and his top seeding in the point standings after two of 36 races this season.

Daniel Hemric, driving the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, will join Cindric on the front row Saturday.

Row two will be shared by two of Hemric’s JGR teammates, Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones, with Kaulig Racing’s Jeb Burton filling out the top five.

Lining up sixth through 10th are Brett Moffitt, Brandon Brown, Justin Haley, Jeremy Clements and Myatt Snider.

Ty Dillon starts 13th in the No. 54 Toyota that Ty Gibbs piloted to the victory last weekend at the Daytona Road Course. Because of the driver change, 41st-place rankings for the driver finish and fastest lap were used in Dillon’s metric calculations.

Two-time Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick, making his return to the series this weekend, starts 38th in the 40-car field driving the No. 23 RSS Racing Chevrolet.

Reddick’s entry is being run in partnership with Our Motorsports, as the team’s No. 03 Chevrolet was locked out of the field due to the initial qualifying rainout at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 13. Qualifying will be held next at Circuit of the Americas in May.

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

Saturday’s Contender Boats 250 goes green at 4:30 p.m. ET, live on FS1, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.