Who is on pole for NASCAR XFinity at Talladega - and when does it start?

Jake Nichol October 2, 2021
Who is on pole for NASCAR XFinity at Talladega - and when does it start?
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The NASCAR XFinity Series is half-way through the first round of its Playoff season, as Talladega looms large. When is NASCAR XFinity at Talladega, and who is on the pole later today?

XFinity at Talladega part of NASCAR triple-header

The three highest levels of NASCAR are in action at Talladega this weekend.

Saturday sees a double-header between Trucks and XFinity with the Cup race due to take place on Sunday afternoon.

XFinity is due to follow Trucks on the schedule.

The green flag for XFinity is due to drop at 4:50pm ET.

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It will be longer than the Trucks, but shorter than Cup.

Scheduled for 113 laps, it will be split into 25-25-63 segments, plus any overtime as and when required.

Due to the short nature of stage one, there will not be a competition caution.

The only race across the weekend to feature a competition caution will be the Cup race on Sunday.

What’s the grid for the XFinity race today?

Like both Cup and Trucks, there has been no practice or qualifying ahead of the NASCAR XFinity race at Talladega.

Pole position has therefore been awarded to Justin Allgaier in the #7 Chevrolet.

Allgaier sits third in the drivers’ standings after a second place finish last time out at Las Vegas.

He is joined on the front row by the #22 Penske of Austin Cindric – the defending series champion and current points leader.

Josh Berry – who drives for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s team – won at Las Vegas, but as he is not a Playoff driver, has not advanced to the next stage of the Playoffs.

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He starts the #1 in third place, joined by Noah Gragson.

Regular season champion AJ Allmendinger will roll off in fifth place, joined by Daniel Hemric on the third row.

It is a 40 car grid at the Alabama superspeedway, with Joey Gase set to take the green flag.

Gase was involved in a heavy crash at Vegas in the Cup race and required hospital treatment.

He’s pulling double-duty, and will race in Cup tomorrow.

As Berry won in Vegas, no Playoff driver has yet booked a transfer spot to Phoenix.

Should a Playoff driver win, they will be through.

Alternatively, should a driver be 56 points ahead of the cutline post-race, they will advance.

Currently only Cindric (+66) and Allmendinger (+59) have such an advantage.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.