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NASCAR starting lineup: A.J. Allmendinger claims pole in qualifying for Road America 180 Xfinity race

We’ve got updates as qualifying settles the starting lineup for Saturday’s Road America 180 at the Road America.

Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 M&M’s Ice Cream Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180 at Road America on July 03, 2021 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images

Final round results: A.J. Allmendinger ran the fastest time in the second round of qualifying to secure pole position for Saturday’s race. Cole Custer will join him on the front row. The full starting lineup is listed below.

Group B qualifying update: Justin Allgaier claimed the fastest time in the second group of first-round qualifying. The other four who advanced to the second round included Sam Mayer, Connor Mosack, Riley Herbst, and Sage Karam.

Group A qualifying update: The first group ran through qualifying and Cole Custer had the fastest time. The rest of the top five that will advance to the second round of qualifying include A.J. Allmendinger, John H. Nemechek, Kaz Grala, and Sammy Smith.

NASCAR is splitting tracks this weekend, with the Cup Series and Truck Series at Richmond Raceway and the Xfinity Series at Road America. The Xfinity Series has seven races remaining before the playoffs, and this weekend will run the Road America 180.

The race is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, and qualifying will run a day prior. The field will compete in two rounds of road qualifying with the first round getting started at 5:35 p.m. ET on USA Network. The field is split in half and each group gets 15 minutes to run their fastest time. The five fastest cars in each group advance, with those ten getting ten minutes in the second round to secure pole position. The rest of the starting lineup will be based on qualifying speeds.

A.J. Allmendinger is a sizable favorite with even money odds to win at DraftKings Sportsbook. Cole Custer follows at +500, Sheldon Creed is +850, Justin Allgaier is +1100, and Parker Kligerman, John H. Nemechek, and Austin Hill are all +1400. Ty Gibbs is the defending champ but is not racing in the event this year.

Here is the full entry list for Saturday’s Road America 180 Xfinity Series race. We’ll update it with the full starting lineup as qualifying wraps.

2023 Road America 180 starting lineup

Pos. Driver Car #
Pos. Driver Car #
1 A.J. Allmendinger 10
2 Cole Custer 00
3 Justin Allgaier 7
4 Riley Herbst 98
5 Sam Mayer 1
6 Sage Karam 24
7 Connor Mosack 19
8 John H. Nemechek 20
9 Kaz Grala 26
10 Sammy Smith 18
11 Josh Bilicki 91
12 Sheldon Creed 2
13 Josh Berry 8
14 Austin Hill 21
15 Brett Moffitt 25
16 Chandler Smith 16
17 Parker Kligerman 48
18 Josh Williams 92
19 Jeb Burton 27
20 Parker Retzlaff 31
21 Brad Perez 44
22 Leland Honeyman 45
23 Anthony Alfredo 78
24 Katherine Legge 07
25 Blaine Perkins 02
26 Brennan Poole 6
27 Kyle Sieg 28
28 Stanton Barrett 35
29 Patrick Emerling 53
30 Dexter Stacey 66
31 Jeremy Clements 51
32 Daniel Hemric 11
33 Brandon Jones 9
34 Ryan Sieg 39
35 Joe Graf Jr 38
36 Ryan Ellis 43
37 Alex Labbe 08
38 Kyle Weatherman 4