Sunday, February 5, 2023

Brandon Jones Notches Second Xfinity Series Pole of 2022 at Darlington

Brandon Jones NASCAR Xfinity Series Darlington Raceway Joe Gibbs Racing
Brandon Jones – driving the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota GR Supra – picked up his fifth career pole in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday at Darlington Raceway, edging out Noah Gragson and Sheldon Creed for the top spot. PC: Lesley Ann Miller | LAT Images | Courtesy of Toyota Racing

For the first time in his eight-season tenure in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Brandon Jones has picked up multiple poles in a single season, besting the field in Saturday’s single-car qualifying session from Darlington Raceway.

Jones, a previous winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Darlington, will lead the field to green in his Menards Toyota GR Supra, after posting a time of 29.722 seconds (165.453mph) in Saturday’s single-car qualifying session.

The 25-year-old narrowly edged out Noah Gragson for the top spot in qualifying, beating the JR Motorsports driver by four-hundredths of a second, en-route to his fifth career pole.

Gragson, the defending winner of the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, will start alongside Jones on the front row for Saturday’s event.

Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill – teammates for Richard Childress Racing – will share the second row when the event gets underway on Saturday. Entering the race, Creed sits 13th in points, 43 points outside the playoffs.

Ty Gibbs, a teammate to Brandon Jones, completed the top five, with Justin Allgaier, Kyle Larson, Riley Herbst, Landon Cassill, and Daniel Hemric earning starting spots inside the top-10.

Driving for Alpha Prime Racing, Stefan Parsons secured the second top-15 starting spot of his NASCAR Xfinity Series career, placing the No. 45 Chevrolet Camaro in 14th.

Christopher Bell – filling in for Denny Hamlin after the NASCAR Cup Series team owner complained of soreness following a crash at Daytona – will start at the rear of the field, after an engine issue in practice.

Qualifying Results:

Qualifying Results: 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200

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