Joe Gibbs Racing swept the front row starting spots in NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Saturday for Sunday’s 3M 250, with Drew Herring taking the pole with a 23.439 second/134.391 mph lap in the third and final round of qualifying. It’s his second-career Xfinity Series pole in his 16th-career attempt. Herring’s JGR teammate Daniel Suarez qualified second.
Despite his pole-winning run, though, Herring won’t start Sunday’s race. He was filling in for Erik Jones during the qualifying session. Jones, after running the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night, remained at Charlotte on Saturday on standby for Kyle Busch for the Sprint All-Star Race.
Brian Scott and Chris Buescher will share the second row for the green flag on Sunday after posting the third and fourth-fastest laps in the third round on Saturday.
Brandon Jones, in Iowa for his Xfinity Series debut from behind the wheel of the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, was impressive through practice and qualifying on Saturday. After posting the fastest lap in the first of two practice sessions, he turned in the fastest lap (23.540 seconds/133.815 mph) in the first round of qualifying. RCR teammate Scott and Elliott Sadler were second and third to Jones in round one.
Jones also advanced from the second round to the final round of qualifying and claimed a top-five starting spot, making his debut from the fifth spot for Sunday’s race.
Chris Buescher was the fastest in round two with a 23.441-second/134.380 mph lap. Scott was also the second in that round. The JGR duo of Suarez and Herring were third and fourth-fastest in the second round.
Other drivers advancing to the third round and claiming positions sixth through 12th for Sunday include reigning series champion Chase Elliott, his JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Brendan Gaughan and Brennan Poole.
Full starting lineup for the 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway:
Row 1: Drew Herring (No. 20 Toyota), Daniel Suarez (No. 18 Toyota)
Row 2: Brian Scott (No. 2 Chevrolet), Chris Buescher (No. 60 Ford)
Row 3: Brandon Jones (No. 33 Chevrolet), Chase Elliott (No. 9 Chevrolet)
Row 4: Regan Smith (No. 7 Chevrolet), Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 6 Ford)
Row 5: Ty Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Elliott Sadler (No. 1 Ford)
Row 6: Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 Chevrolet), Brennan Poole (No. 42 Chevrolet)
Row 7: Ryan Blaney (No. 22 Ford), Ben Rhodes (No. 88 Chevrolet)
Row 8: Dakoda Armstrong (No. 43 Ford), Ryan Reed (No. 16 Ford)
Row 9: Ross Chastain (No. 4 Chevrolet), John Wes Townley (No. 25 Chevrolet)
Row 10: Jeremy Clement (No. 51 Chevrolet), David Starr (No. 44 Chevrolet)
Row 11: Ryan Sieg (No. 39 Chevrolet), Boris Said (No. 54 Toyota)
Row 12: Blake Koch (No. 8 Toyota), Cale Conley (No. 14 Toyota)
Row 13: Landon Cassill (No. 01 Chevrolet), J.J. Yeley (No. 28 Toyota)
Row 14: Eric McClure (No. 24 Toyota), Harrison Rhodes (No. 0 Chevrolet)
Row 15: Todd Bodine (No. 90 Chevrolet), Jamie Dick (No. 55 Chevrolet)
Row 16: Joey Gase (No. 52 Chevrolet), Ryan Ellis (No. 26 Toyota)
Row 17: Peyton Sellers (No. 97 Chevrolet), Charles Lewandoski (No. 19 Toyota)
Row 18: B.J. McLeod (No. 15 Chevrolet), Derrike Cope (No. 70 Chevrolet)
Row 19: Mike Harmon (No. 74 Dodge), Carl Long (No. 40 Toyota)
Row 20: John Jackson (No. 13 Dodge), Kenny Wallace (No. 29 Toyota)