SHR Puts All Four cars at the Top of the Field, Kurt Busch Gets the Pole at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, AL - Stewart Haas Racing put its four cars in the first four positions on Saturday with Kurt Busch being the fastest of the fast.  SHR’s Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola qualified second through fourth, respectively. 

Busch’s speed of 195.804 mph earned his first career restrictor-plate track pole. It was his fifth pole of the season and 27th of his career.

“Doug Yates and those guys built so much quality power and you see it in four Stewart-Haas Fords. I’m really happy I got the fast one,” Busch said.

“We’re on the pole. This is my first restrictor-plate pole ever. It’s taken me 20 years but I got one.”

Last week’s Dover winner Chase Elliott rounded out the top five with Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin completed the first 10 qualifiers.

“The guys that qualified good are the ones you would expect to,” said Kyle Busch. “Not too bad all things considering. Hopefully its just good for the first stage to be able to be up front and hopefully we can stay up front, stay out of trouble and get some stage points up there early.”

Team Penske has six Talladega wins in the last eight races but failed to advance any car into the final round of qualification. Brad Keselowski (191.900), Ryan Blaney (191.731) and Joey Logano (191.386) will line up 18th through 20th, respectively.

Driver Date Time Speed

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
Row 1: 1 41 Kurt Busch (P) Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford 48.906 195.804
2 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Cummins/Rush Truck Centers Ford 49.032 195.301


Row 2: 3 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Jimmy John's Ford 49.061 195.186
4 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Bacon for Life Ford 49.216 194.571


Row 3: 5 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Nightvision Lamps Chevrolet 49.260 194.397
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 49.317 194.172


Row 4: 7 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Chevrolet 49.420 193.768
8 24 William Byron # Hertz Chevrolet 49.420 193.768


Row 5: 9 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Toyota 49.439 193.693
10 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 49.519 193.380


Row 6: 11 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota 49.635 192.928
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SunnyD Ford 49.661 192.827


Row 7: 13 19 Daniel Suarez Stanley Toyota 49.729 192.564
14 34 Michael McDowell Speedco/Rotella Ford 49.743 192.509


Row 8: 15 20 Erik Jones Craftsman Toyota 49.833 192.162
16 38 David Ragan 1000Bulbs.com Ford 49.876 191.996


Row 9: 17 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. # Medallion Bank/Petty's Garage Chevrolet 49.892 191.935
18 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Miller Lite Ford 49.901 191.900


Row 10: 19 12 Ryan Blaney (P) REV Ford 49.945 191.731
20 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford 50.035 191.386


Row 11: 21 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol e15 Chevrolet 50.085 191.195
22 31 Ryan Newman Liberty National Chevrolet 50.091 191.172


Row 12: 23 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 50.140 190.985
24 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Rehydrate Ford 50.141 190.981


Row 13: 25 95 Regan Smith Procore Chevrolet 50.225 190.662
26 37 Chris Buescher Bush's Chili Beans Chevrolet 50.228 190.651


Row 14: 27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Dude Wipes Ford 50.416 189.940
28 62 Brendan Gaughan(i) BeardOilDist./SouthPointHotelChevrolet 50.478 189.706


Row 15: 29 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 50.480 189.699
30 21 Paul Menard Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 50.491 189.658


Row 16: 31 1 Jamie McMurray Winter Park Construction/Arctic Cat Chevrolet 50.533 189.500
32 23 JJ Yeley(i) Steakhouse Elite Ford 50.565 189.380


Row 17: 33 7 DJ Kennington(i) Wilride Transport Ltd Chevrolet 50.604 189.234
34 42 Kyle Larson (P) Credit One Bank Chevrolet 50.739 188.731


Row 18: 35 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Xtreme Concepts/iK9 Toyota 50.837 188.367
36 15 Ross Chastain(i) XchangeofAmerica/SolomonPlumbingChevrol 51.217 186.969


Row 19: 37 00 Joey Gase(i) PFK Foundation Chevrolet 51.292 186.696
38 99 Landon Cassill(i) StarCom Fiber Chevrolet 51.311 186.627


Row 20: 39 51 Cody Ware Jacob Companies Chevrolet 52.289 183.136
40 72 Corey LaJoie Winn Dixie Chevrolet 0.000 0.000


(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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