NXS: Wire-to-Wire; Erik Jones, Austin Dillon Lead Every Lap in Heats, Set Front Row For Main Event

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Report by Race Chaser Online Northeast Correspondent Kyle Magda — : Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America photo —

The green flag is about to drop on Saturday’s 200-lap main to conclude the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

Erik Jones and Austin Dillon led flag-to-flag in their respective 50-lap heats to make up the front row.

Jones got early pressure from a pair of Kyles (Larson and Busch), but pulled away in the closing laps to start P-1 for the main event.

“We did everything we need to right there and it was good. It was actually a little bit better than I thought it would be and once we kind of got moved up to the top, we were pretty happy with it overall. I’d like a little bit forward drive, but we rolled the center pretty good which kept us out front. We’ll make a few adjustments on it for the race, but really happy with the GameStop Camry. Nice to be able to start where we qualified up front and hopefully we can keep it up there for 200 more laps.”

Jones and Justin Allgaier took the two spots to qualify for the Dash-4-Cash, along with Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez in heat two.

“Our Hellman’s Chevy was a little bit tighter than what we thought it was going to be, obviously moving up the racetrack and getting widened out,” Allgaier said. “We wanted to make sure we were consistent and obviously make it into the Dash-4-Cash, we did that. Now, we can go to work. Jason Burdett and the guys can go to work and just get a little bit better. I feel like on the bottom, the track is where we could accelerate right there.”

Kyle Larson rolls off third in the main feature and thinks Kyle Busch is the one to beat. He held off the 18 in the heat race to start on the inside of row 2.

“I think we’re ok. I definitely think we probably had the harder heat race, so the 18 was quite a bit faster than I was. We’ll take some good swings here to tighten me up. I was really loose, so once we get the rear secured on exit, we’ll probably start moving around and stuff. I was trying to hold him off as much as I could. I knew he wasn’t going to pressure me a ton with it not  really meaning a whole lot for the Cup guys in the race, but I think the 18 is definitely the best. I think a couple adjustments and our Belkin Chevy’ll be pretty good.”


STARTING GRID: NASCAR XFINITY Series; Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300; Bristol Motor Speedway; April 16, 2016

  1. Erik Jones
  2. Austin Dillon
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Ty Dillon
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Daniel Suarez
  9. Brandon Jones
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Brendan Gaughan
  12. Aric Almriola
  13. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  14. Jeb Burton
  15. Elliott Sadler
  16. Blake Koch
  17. Ryan Reeed
  18. Jeremy Clements
  19. Brennan Poole
  20. Ryan Sieg
  21. Ross Chastain
  22. Mario Gosselin
  23. Jeff Green
  24. David Starr
  25. Matt Tifft
  26. Ryan Preece
  27. Brandon Gdovic
  28. BJ McLeod
  29. Harrison Rhodes
  30. Garrett Smithley
  31. Dakoda Armstrong
  32. Ryan Ellis
  33. Joey Gase
  34. Derrike Cope
  35. Mike Harmon
  36. Ray Black Jr.
  37. Timmy Hill
  38. J.J. Yeley
  39. Matt DiBendetto
  40. Josh Wise

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