Daniel Hemric captures Pole at Daytona in Xfinity Series Season Opener

Writer – Adrian Beecher


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Saturday morning Daniel Hemric in the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet won the Pole for the Xfinity Series season opener, the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona.

Hemric in the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet was the fastest in round one of qualifying with a lap time of 47.672 seconds. 2nd fastest was the No. 2 Nexteer Chevrolet of Matt Tifft, whose time was just three one-hundredths of a second slower at 47.708.

Rounding out the top 5 in round 1 was Joey Logano in the No. 22, Kyle Larson in the No. 42 and Spencer Gallagher in the No. 23. Other cars making the cut for round 2 of qualifying were the No. 88 of Chase Elliott, No. 60 of Austin Cindric, No. 9 of Tyler Reddick, No. 1 of Elliott Sadler, No. 11 of Ryan Truex, No. 7 of Justin Allgaier, and the No. 5 of Michael Annett. They would all have a shot at the pole in round 2.

In round 2, Hemric was even faster than the first round, running a lap time of 47.541. There were two other drivers able to beat Hemric’s first round time, with Larson and Tifft beating that first round time. However, it wasn’t fast enough to knock Hemric off the pole.  Larson in the No. 42 ran a 47.624 to qualify 2nd, while Tifft in the No. 2 ran a 47.640 to qualify 3rd.  Unfortunately for Tifft, he would fail post-qualifying inspection and will have to start the race from the back of the pack.


Here is the full qualifying lineup. 

Failing to qualify for the PowerShares QQQ 300 were six cars. The No. 54 of Gray Gaulding, No. 99 of Ray Black II, No. 25 of Chris Cockrum, No. 89 of Morgan Sheperd, No. 45 of Josh Bilicki, and the No. 74 of Mike Harmon.

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