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Almirola powers to Bristol Cup pole – EAST AUTO NEWS

Almirola powers to Bristol Cup pole


Aric Almirola is the newest non-playoff driver to steal a headline as he grabbed the pole for the NASCAR Cup Collection race at Bristol in Friday’s qualifying.

He went to the highest of the charts with a lap of 128.382mph (14.946s). It’s his first pole of the season and the primary time he’ll lead the sector to the inexperienced flag at Bristol.

“Nicely, simply hold tuning on it,” Almirola mentioned when requested about ending the place he begins the race. “I felt like we had a very good BlueOval Metropolis Ford Mustang in observe, and we ran, I believe, 55 laps straight, and I felt actually good about it. We swapped over to trim and it nonetheless has lots of pace.

“I’m actually pleased with the hassle on this. We had been bummed out we didn’t make the playoffs, however we’re displaying what we’re succesful. We will race with these guys. We’ll go attempt to do it for 500 laps tomorrow evening.”

Almirola is the primary non-playoff driver to win a pole within the postseason. The primary two races at Darlington Raceway and Kansas Speedway, nonetheless, had been received by drivers who are usually not championship eligible – Erik Jones and Bubba Wallace.

Stewart-Haas Racing drivers will make up the entrance row. Alongside Almirola can be Chase Briscoe, who certified second at 128.193mph.

Alex Bowman certified third at 128.176mph, Denny Hamlin fourth at 128.159mph, and Kyle Larson fifth at 127.911mph. Larson is the defending winner of the Bristol evening race.

Ryan Blaney certified sixth at 127.852mph, Kevin Harvick seventh at 127.665mph, Christopher Bell eighth at 127.436mph, Austin Cindric ninth at 127.258mph, and Brad Keselowski rounded out the highest 10 at 127.216mph.

Eight playoff drivers certified twelfth or worse.

Ross Chastain certified twelfth, adopted by Joey Logano in fifteenth. William Byron was sixteenth quickest forward of Tyler Reddick in seventeenth.

Chase Elliott certified twenty third and Austin Dillon certified twenty eighth. Daniel Suarez was the bottom qualifying playoff driver in twenty ninth.

UP NEXT: Bass Professional Outlets Night time Race at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

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Almirola powers to Bristol Cup pole – EAST AUTO NEWS
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