In just his second career NASCAR Xfinity Series start, Kyle Benjamin will lead the field to green in today’s Pocono Green 250 from Pocono Raceway for the very first time.
The first round of qualifying became interesting as a fox ran onto the racing surface halting qualifying. Casey Mears will start from the rear of the field as his time was disallowed for impeding the qualifying run of Matt Tifft. Daniel Hemric was fastest in the opening round at 171.798 mph. Justin Allgaier posted the second fastest speed at 171.730 mph. Benjamin was third fastest in the opening round at 171.726 mph. Kyle Larson was fourth fastest at 171.595 mp. Blake Koch rounded out the top-five at a speed of 171.429 mph. All drivers are able to participate in the race this afternoon. Notable drivers who did not advance to the second round include Darrell Wallace, Jr. (P13), Ryan Reed (P16), and Elliott Sadler (P18)
The second round of qualifying went without incident. Benjamin posted the pole winning speed at 171.844 mph. Hemric will start second with his speed of 172.305 mph. Cole Custer will start third with his speed of 172.295 mph. Allgaier will start fourth with his speed of 172.219 mph. William Byron rounded out the top-five with his speed of 171.775 mph.
The Pocono Green 250 will go green shortly after 1:00 p.m. EDT on FOX and Motor Racing Network.