Austin Cindric on Pole Position: Starting Line-Up for NASCAR Xfinity Series 2021 Talladega Race

Published 04/22/2021, 10:20 AM EDT
LEXINGTON, OHIO – AUGUST 10: Austin Cindric, driver of the #22 PPG Ford, wins the pole award at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)


This weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to Talladega for the next round of the season. For the coming Ag-Pro 300 race, Austin Cindric will start on pole position. Alongside him on the front row will be title rival, Daniel Hemric, with Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson behind them.

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Justin Haley will complete the top five ahead of Josh Berry in an all-Chevrolet third row. Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, Jeb Burton, and Myatt Snider will complete the top 10. Meanwhile, AJ Allmendinger and Michael Annett just missed out on the Top 10, with Brett Moffitt and Jeremy Clements behind them.

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Rounding out the top 16 will be Josh Williams and Ty Dillon. Behind them, Ryan Sieg, Brandon Brown, Riley Herbst, and Jade Buford will comprlete the top 20.  The next two drivers on the grid will be Kyle Weatherman and Colin Garrett. Row 12 will comprise an all-Chevrolet line-up of Tommy Joe Martins and Gray Gaulding. Bayley Currey, David Starr, Timmy Hill, Caesar Bacarella, Joey Gase, and Alex Labbe will make up the tTop 30.

How do the rest of the field line up behind Austin Cindric?

Mason Massey and Landon Cassill are the next two drivers on the track. Behind them will be Jeffrey Earnhardt and Jesse Little, along with Joe Graf Jr and Matt Mills. Graf Jr will definitely try his best to stay away from Gray Gaulding after their coming together and brawl at Martinsville.

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Feb 20, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) leads AJ Allmendinger (16) and Brett Moffitt (02) during the Super Start Batteries 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Colby Howard, Natalie Decker, Ryan Vargas, and Jason White will round out the rear of the grid. Decker returns to the Xfinity Series action after her maiden race at the Daytona road course. She did not have a particularly good run last time out, and is eager for redemption. At Daytona, she got caught up in a crash that ended her race. Luckily, she still has four more tries this season, including this weekend’s race.

On a different note, Austin Cindric will be keen to extend his championship lead. He already has two wins under his belt and will be hungry for more.

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