Menard Secures Michigan Xfinity Pole

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Paul Menard has earned the pole for Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan Int'l Speedway. (Todd Ridgeway Photo)
Paul Menard has earned the pole for Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan Int'l Speedway. (Todd Ridgeway Photo)

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Veteran driver Paul Menard wheeled his No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford Mustang to the pole Saturday’s running of the LTI Printing 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

Menards second Xfinity pole at the Michigan came on the heels of a lap at 193.356 mph and a lap time of 37.237 seconds.

“Well, we qualified P1, that’s good,” said Menard after his sixth Xfinity Series pole overall. “I am looking forward to a crazy type race. A lot of drafting, and some pit strategy, I look for a lot of stuff to be going on. We have a fast Ford Mustang; we did not really expect that kind of speed. I think going out early helped, a cleaner racetrack, a cooler racetrack, the cooler temperatures helped for sure. But we will have to have clean air, and some good pit strategy, so we will see. As the race unfolds, we will try to keep it up front.”

Christopher Bell qualified second with a quick lap of 37.289 seconds and a speed of 193.086 mph. Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric completed the top-five.

Joe Graf Jr. was the only driver who failed to qualify for the 38-car field.

Below is the starting lineup for the NASCAR Xfinity Series LTi Printing 250, scheduled for Saturday at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

1. Paul Menard
2. Christopher Bell
3. Brandon Jones
4. Noah Gragson
5. Austin Cindric
6. Cole Custer
7. Michael Annett
8. John H. Nemechek
9. Ryan Sieg
10. Tyler Reddick
11. Jeb Burton
12. Justin Allgaier
13. Justin Haley
14. Chase Briscoe
15. Ross Chastain
16. Landon Cassill
17. Jeremy Clements
18. Matt Mills
19. Dillon Bassett
20. Josh Bilicki
21. Tommy Joe Martins
22. Gray Gaulding
23. B.J. McLeod
24. Kyle Weatherman
25. Brandon Brown
26. Jeff Green
27. Tyler Hill
28. Chad Finchum
29. Josh Williams
30. Riley Herbst
31. Bayley Currey
32. Stephen Leicht
33. Timmy Hill
34. Ray Black Jr.
35. David Starr
36. Joey Gase
37. Vinnie Miller
38. Garrett Smithley