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Paul Menard scores pole for Xfinity race

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Pocono 400 - Qualifying

LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 01: Paul Menard, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, signs autographs for fans during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 01, 2019 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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BROOKLYN, Mich. - Paul Menard won the pole for today’s Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

It is Menard’s first Xfinity start of the season. The pole is the sixth of his career in the series but first since April 2012 at Texas.

Menard won the pole with a lap of 193.356 mph. Christopher Bell will start second after a lap of 193.086 mph.

Brandon Jones (192.400 mph) qualified third and was followed by Noah Gragson (191.985) and Austin Cindric (191.887)

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The race is scheduled to take the green flag at 1:46 p.m. ET.