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Erik Jones earns pole for 300 Xfinity race at Chicagoland

Erik Jones rides to position in the XFINITY Series 300 at Chicagoland.

JOLIET, Illinois – Erik Jones earned the pole for this afternoon’s 300 Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jones was fastest with a speed of 177.229 mph. Jones comes into today’s race as defending winner of the Xfinity race at Chicagoland.

Daniel Suarez was second (176.980 mph), followed by Kyle Larson (176.800), Ryan Blaney (176.725) and Cole Custer (176.499).

Sixth through 12th were points leader Elliott Sadler ((175.564), Matt Tifft (175.160), William Byron (175.126), Daniel Hemric (175.006), Ryan Reed (174.424), Blake Koch (173.980) and Brennan Poole (173.712).

The race will take the green flag this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBCSN. The outcome of the race will determine which drivers make the seven-race Xfinity playoffs that start next Saturday, Sept. 23, in the 300 at Kentucky Speedway (to be televised on NBCSN).

Click here for the full Xfinity qualifying grid.

Jones is expecting a hot, slick track for this afternoon’s race.