Reddick Blisters Texas Pavement For Xfinity Pole

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Reddick Blisters Texas Pavement
Tyler Reddick celebrates with the pole award at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. (NASCAR photo)

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tyler Reddick secured the pole for Saturday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with a blistering lap during NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying.

Reddick took his No. 2 Alsco Chevrolet Camaro to a time of 28.316 seconds (190.705 mph) around the 1.5-mile quad-oval, putting himself best among the eight remaining playoff contenders as he chases a spot in the Championship 4 in two weeks’ time at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

The pole is Reddick’s fourth of the season and the sixth of his Xfinity Series career.

“I honestly didn’t think it was that great of a lap, but we obviously are really fast,” Reddick noted. “This Alsco Chevrolet and all the guys back at RCR, we’re going really hard these last couple of races. They’re giving everything we’ve got and it’s obviously showing up. I was able to make a mistake there and still narrowly get the pole, so it’s a good sign of things to come. Hopefully we can use it and take advantage of that pit selection when we go into Phoenix here next week.

“I’m liking our odds here tonight. We had a really fast car yesterday in practice and I’m very curious to see how this race will change as it unfolds into the nighttime.”

Non-playoff driver Harrison Burton will join Reddick on the front row after a lap of 28.348 seconds (190.490 mph) in the No. 18 DEX Imaging Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Burton was recently announced as the heir to Christopher Bell’s No. 20 car for next season in the Xfinity Series and hopes to play spoiler to the title contenders’ hopes in Saturday night’s 300-mile race.

Speaking of Bell, he will share the second row of the grid with fellow playoff driver Cole Custer, while Chase Briscoe completed the top five in qualifying despite failing pre-qualifying inspection three times.

Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, Jeb Burton, Kansas winner Brandon Jones and Noah Gragson made up the balance of the top 10 on the qualifying sheets.

Michael Annett will start worst among the eight playoff contenders in 19th place.

Justin Haley crashed in turn four coming to the start of his qualifying run, with his No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet stepping out and backing hard into the outside wall.

Haley will go to a backup car and start last in the 38-car field.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 is set to take the green flag at 8:30 p.m. ET, with live coverage on NBCSN, the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

QUALIFYING RESULTS: NASCAR Xfinity Series; Texas Motor Speedway; Nov. 2, 2019

  1. #2 – Tyler Reddick, 28.316 seconds (190.705 mph)
  2. #18 – Harrison Burton, 28.348 seconds (190.490 mph)
  3. #20 – Christopher Bell, 28.352 seconds (190.463 mph)
  4. #00 – Cole Custer, 28.426 seconds (189.967 mph)
  5. #98 – Chase Briscoe, 28.497 seconds (189.494 mph)
  6. #7 – Justin Allgaier, 28.515 seconds (189.374 mph)
  7. #10 – Ross Chastain, 28.557 seconds (189.095 mph)
  8. #8 – Jeb Burton, 28.559 seconds (189.082 mph)
  9. #19 – Brandon Jones, 28.563 seconds (189.056 mph)
  10. #9 – Noah Gragson, 28.630 seconds (188.613 mph)
  11. #23 – John Hunter Nemechek, 28.812 seconds (187.422 mph)
  12. #51 – Jeremy Clements, 28.852 seconds (187.162 mph)
  13. #86 – Brandon Brown, 28.915 seconds (186.754 mph)
  14. #22 – Austin Cindric, 29.015 seconds (186.111 mph)
  15. #4 – B.J. McLeod, 29.032 seconds (186.002 mph)
  16. #15 – Stefan Parsons, 29.118 seconds (185.452 mph)
  17. #07 – Ray Black II, 29.140 seconds (185.312 mph)
  18. #74 – Bayley Currey, 29.208 seconds (184.881 mph)
  19. #1 – Michael Annett, 29.241 seconds (184.672 mph)
  20. #90 – Ronnie Bassett Jr., 29.319 seconds (184.181 mph)
  21. #39 – Ryan Sieg, 29.339 seconds (184.055 mph)
  22. #08 – Gray Gaulding, 29.354 seconds (183.961 mph)
  23. #89 – Landon Cassill, 29.407 seconds (183.630 mph)
  24. #36 – Josh Williams, 29.478 seconds (183.187 mph)
  25. #38 – J.J. Yeley, 29.499 seconds (183.057 mph)
  26. #78 – Matt Mills, 29.605 seconds (182.402 mph)
  27. #0 – Garrett Smithley, 29.618 seconds (182.322 mph)
  28. #61 – Chad Finchum, 29.618 seconds (182.322 mph)
  29. #01 – Stephen Leicht, 29.655 seconds (182.094 mph)
  30. #17 – Kyle Weatherman, 29.694 seconds (181.855 mph)
  31. #52 – David Starr, 29.932 seconds (180.409 mph)
  32. #93 – C.J. McLaughlin, 29.953 seconds (180.282 mph)
  33. #66 – Bobby Dale Earnhardt, 30.266 seconds (178.418 mph)
  34. #5 – Vinnie Miller, 30.476 seconds (177.189 mph)
  35. #13 – Timmy Hill, 30.545 seconds (176.788 mph)
  36. #99 – Josh Bilicki, 30.549 seconds (176.765 mph)
  37. #35 – Joey Gase, 30.600 seconds (176.471 mph)
  38. #11 – Justin Haley, 0.000 seconds (0.000 mph)