NASCARNASCAR Xfinity SeriesJustin Allgaier Closes the 2023 Regular Season with Pole at Kansas

Justin Allgaier Closes the 2023 Regular Season with Pole at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – In the final race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season, Justin Allgaier captures the pole at Kansas Speedway. 

Setting a time of 30.646 seconds at 176.206 mph, Allgaier earned his ninth career pole, the second of 2023. 

“I was getting nervous that we could run as good of a lap as we could with how hot it was getting,” Allgaier shared. “Hats off to everyone at JR Motorsports, Hendrick and Chevrolet. I think we were better in race trim than we were in qualifying trim, so hopefully that’s a good omen for this afternoon.” 

Sammy Smith (30.796 seconds) will start Saturday’s event to his outside as the highest qualifying rookie. Cole Custer (30.862 seconds), Brandon Jones (30.879 seconds) and Daniel Hemric (30.925 seconds) rounded out the top five starting positions. 

Smith, Custer and Hemric will all be in the Playoffs by wins and points. Jones, who won the pole last year, is in a must-win situation to advance into the post-season. 

Josh Berry (6th), John Hunter Nemechek (7th), Riley Herbst (8th), regular season championship leader Austin Hill (9th) and Brett Moffitt (10th) complete the top 10 qualifying grid. Herbst is currently the last car into the Playoffs, just a single point above Parker Kligerman (14th). 

Justin Schuoler
Justin Schuoler
Justin’s experience starts back in the mid-90s racing dirt bikes and ATVs. He won a local championship in 1999, and competed in multiple endurance grand prix races across Southern California. In 2015, he shifted from two wheels to four wheels, winning his first sprint kart race and finishing second in that championship. Now he works as a race official with that very club while working on making a comeback to the track. Simultaneously, his journalism career began with NASCAR and Supercross. First started with Speedway Media, he now works as the web developer and tech manager for Kickin’ the Tires. He met his significant other at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and after he and Rachel married in 2018, they together have covered west coast races in karting, Supercross, NASCAR, drag racing, dirt racing, World of Outlaws, and even a visit to his original motocross club.


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