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NASCAR starting lineup: Austin Hill gets pole after rain cancels qualifying for Production Alliance Group 300 Xfinity Series race

We’ve got updates as qualifying settles the starting lineup for Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300 at the Auto Club Speedway.

Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance 300 at Auto Club Speedway on February 26, 2022 in Fontana, California. Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

UPDATE: Rain forced a postponement of the Production Alliance Group 300. It has been rescheduled for Sunday evening at 8 p.m. ET after the Pala Casino 400 Cup Series race concludes.

UPDATE: Practice and qualifying for the Xfinity race has been canceled, but the Production Alliance Group 300 will still run at 5 p.m. ET. Austin Hill has pole position for the race and John H. Nemechek joins him on the front row. The starting lineup for the race was set by performance metrics based on last week’s Daytona race. The formula factors each driver’s fastest lap time position (15%), their final race position (25%), the owner’s final race position (25%), and the owner’s points position (35%).

Garrett Smithley and Ryan Vargas failed to qualify for the 38-driver lineup. The full starting lineup is listed below.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series runs its second race of the season on Saturday in Fontana, California. The Production Alliance Group 300 gets started at 5 p.m. ET, but before that we get qualifying at 12:35 p.m. ET.

Defending race champ Cole Custer leads a group of 40 drivers attempting to secure pole position for the Saturday afternoon race. The field will each run a single lap on the course. The fastest driver claims the pole position, the slowest driver claims the last position in the starting lineup, and the finishing times set the rest of the lineup in between.

Custer enters qualifying as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, with +400 odds to win the race. Tyler Reddick and Justin Allgaier follow at +600. Austin Hill, last week’s winner at the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 in Daytona, has +1500 odds to win the race.

Here is the full entry list for Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300 Xfinity Series race. We’ll update it with the full starting lineup as qualifying wraps.

2023 Production Alliance Group 300 starting lineup

Pos Driver #
Pos Driver #
1 Austin Hill 21
2 John Hunter Nemechek 20
3 Justin Allgaier 7
4 Parker Retzlaff 31
5 Chandler Smith 16
6 Riley Herbst 98
7 Jeb Burton 27
8 Cole Custer 0
9 Josh Williams 92
10 Brandon Jones 9
11 Jeremy Clements 51
12 Gray Gaulding 8
13 Sammy Smith 18
14 Joe Graf, Jr. 19
15 Austin Dillon 10
16 Ryan Sieg 39
17 Anthony Alfredo 78
18 Kyle Sieg 38
19 Josh Berry 8
20 Rajah Caruth 45
21 David Starr 2
22 Sam Mayer 1
23 Parker Kligerman 48
24 Tyler Reddick 24
25 Brett Moffitt 25
26 Jeffrey Earnhardt 44
27 C.J. McLaughlin 53
28 Alex Labbe 28
29 Kaz Grala 26
30 Brennan Poole 6
31 Sheldon Creed 2
32 Ryan Ellis 43
33 Blaine Perkins 7
34 Joey Gase 35
35 Daniel Hemric 11
36 Bayley Currey 4
37 Timmy Hill 66
38 Ross Chastain 91