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Erik Jones, Austin Dillon earn top spots for Xfinity heat races

NASCAR XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 - Practice

BRISTOL, TN - APRIL 15: Erik Jones, driver of the #20 Gamestop/Performance Designed Products Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 14, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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Erik Jones earned the pole for the first of two Xfinity Series heat races Saturday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Jones topped the field with a speed of 125.914 mph.

“Starting up front is big any time at Bristol, whether it’s a heat race or main,” Jones said on Fox Sports 1. “It’s just nice to start up front. Hopefully, we can stay there.

“Pretty cool to get the pole here. It’s been a couple weeks where we have been second, so it’s nice to finally get that pole and give us some momentum for the race today.

Austin Dillon was second fastest. He’ll start from the pole for the second heat race. His speed was 125.543 mph.

“It’s probably one of the best Xfinity cars we’ve had all year long,” Dillon said. “We’re going to do our best to stay up front and win one of these heat races and have fun from there on out.”

Daniel Suarez, who qualified fourth, scraped the wall with the right side of his car.

“It’s just a scratch,” Suarez said with a smile.

The first heat race will take the green flag at 12:30 p.m. ET, while the second race is slated to start at approximately 1:10 p.m. ET.

Here’s how the field qualified for the two upcoming 50-lap heat races:

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