Custer Earns Iowa Xfinity Series Pole

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Cole Custer will start Sunday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway from the pole. (HHP/Ashley Dickerson Photo)
Cole Custer will start Sunday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway from the pole. (HHP/Ashley Dickerson Photo)

NEWTON, Iowa – Cole Custer will lead the field to the green flag during Sunday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 at Iowa Speedway.

Custer earned the pole during qualifying Sunday afternoon with a 23.779-second lap at 132.470 mph. He was the final driver to make a qualifying effort on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s really nerve wracking doing this single-car qualifying deal,” said Custer after his fourth Xfinity Series pole this year. “I think it was a huge advantage for us to go out last. I think there is some gamesmanship going on on the radios. We scanned the 20 (Christopher Bell) and he was talking about what his lap was like.

“I think he was saying the opposite of what he thought. I was lucky enough to guess the right line to run.”

Christopher Bell will join Custer on the front row for Sunday’s race. Zane Smith, making his fifth start of the year for JR Motorsports, qualified third ahead of Noah Gragson and championship leader Tyler Reddick.

Sunday’s CircuitCity.com 250 is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. EST.

NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 Starting Lineup:

1. Cole Custer
2. Christopher Bell
3. Zane Smith
4. Noah Gragson
5. Tyler Reddick
6. John Hunter Nemechek
7. Austin Cindric
8. Justin Haley
9. Chase Briscoe
10. Harrison Burton
11. Brandon Jones
12. Michael Annett
13. Jeremy Clements
14. Justin Allgaier
15. Brandon Brown
16. Ryan Sieg

17. Shane Lee

18. Gray Gaulding
19. Ray Black II

20. Chad Finchum
21. Joe Graf Jr.
22. Stephen Leicht

23. Josh Williams
24. David Starr

25. Garrett Smithley
26. Matt Mills
27. Ronnie Bassett Jr.
28. Ryan Ellis
29. Morgan Shepherd
30. Joey Gase
31. Vinnie Miller
32. Ryan Repko
33. Tyler Matthews
34. Mike Harmon
35. Jeff Green
36. Josh Bilicki
37. Stan Mullis
38. Timmy Hill