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Cole Custer starts attack after defeat in New Hampshire

After a lengthy delay, rain eventually caused the cancellation of NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying for the SciAps 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and points leader Cole Custer earned the right to the first place finish for his No. 00 Stewart Haas Racing Ford Mustang based on NASCAR's qualifying metrics.

Custer achieved his best result with a second place in New Hampshire in 2019 and won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series here in 2014.

Joe Gibbs Racing's Chandler Smith will be on the front row alongside Custer. Smith, who has won twice this year at Phoenix Raceway and Richmond Raceway, will start second for the fourth time this season, matching his best start of the season.

Last week's winner at Iowa Speedway, Sam Mayer, and Custer's SHR teammate Riley Herbst make up the second row. Sheldon Creed, Smith's JGR teammate, rounds out the top five.

Sammy Smith, Corey Heim, Parker Kligerman, Ryan Sieg and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top 10.

Christopher Bell makes his first start since September 2022, when he raced at Darlington Raceway. The three-time Louden winner will start 23rd in the No. 20 JGR.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Series regular Justin Bonsignore makes his Xfinity Series debut in the No. 19 JGR and finishes 25th. Bonsignore is a two-time Whelen Modified winner in 25 career starts at New Hampshire.

Alex Bowman, who drives the No. 17 for Hendrick Motorsports, is 37th. Bowman will be racing in his first Xfinity race since Watkins Glen International in 2023.

Thirty-nine drivers were ready to qualify for the 38-driver field, so due to the qualifying metrics, Jade Buford in the No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet did not qualify for tomorrow's race (June 22). Buford and MHR attempted to make their season debut today.

The green flag for the Xfinity Series will be waved on the Magic Mile at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 22nd, with television coverage provided by the USA.


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