Clint Bowyer Wins First Pole in 12 Years at Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Qualifying for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series race morphed into a Stewart Haas Racing show after all four cars took qualifying at the top of the speed chart. The last pole for Custer was 12 years ago,

The pole is just the third of Bowyer’s career, which spans 14 fulltime seasons in the Cup Series.

“I get to sign my name on some sheet that I don’t think I’ve ever signed before and I’m going to go brag for a little bit,” Bowyer said about winning the pole. “I’m going to rub it in to all these guys.

“Something’s wrong with them when I beat them to a pole.”

Asked about the prospects for Sunday’s race, Bowyer said: “Tomorrow’s a whole new day. The thing's got to turn left at the end of the straightaway tomorrow and it has to do it for a long time, unlike just one lap today.

“Just timing is everything and we had some good fortune.”

Daniel Suarez ended up second, Kevin Harvick third and Aric Almirola fourth as SHR locked up the first two rows of the field.

Las Vegas native Kurt Busch qualified fifth and is the first non-Ford in the lineup.

Rounding out the top-10 starters are Daniel Hemric, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Michael McDowell.

ime Trial Results, 2nd Annual South Point 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Track Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch: 03/06/16; 27.505 Sec; 196.328 MPH
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Clint Bowyer (P), 14, Toco Warranty Ford, 30.180, 178.926, 1, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Daniel Suarez, 41, Haas Automation Ford, 30.189, 178.873, 1, 1, 0.009, 0.009
3) Kevin Harvick (P), 4, Mobil 1 Ford, 30.206, 178.772, 1, 1, 0.026, 0.017
4) Aric Almirola (P), 10, Smithfield Ford, 30.252, 178.501, 1, 1, 0.072, 0.046
5) Kurt Busch (P), 1, GEARWRENCH Chevrolet, 30.318, 178.112, 1, 1, 0.138, 0.066
6) Daniel Hemric #, 8, Cessna Chevrolet, 30.366, 177.830, 1, 1, 0.186, 0.048
7) Austin Dillon, 3, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet, 30.454, 177.317, 1, 1, 0.274, 0.088
8) Chase Elliott (P), 9, NAPA Filters Chevrolet, 30.463, 177.264, 1, 1, 0.283, 0.009
9) Jimmie Johnson, 48, Ally Chevrolet, 30.488, 177.119, 1, 1, 0.308, 0.025
10) Michael McDowell, 34, Love's Travel Stops Ford, 30.490, 177.107, 1, 1, 0.310, 0.002
11) David Ragan, 38, Select Blinds Ford, 30.527, 176.893, 1, 1, 0.347, 0.037
12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17, SunnyD Ford, 30.531, 176.869, 1, 1, 0.351, 0.004
13) Denny Hamlin (P), 11, FedEx Ground Toyota, 30.539, 176.823, 1, 1, 0.359, 0.008
14) William Byron (P), 24, Liberty University Chevrolet, 30.567, 176.661, 1, 1, 0.387, 0.028
15) Kyle Larson (P), 42, Clover Chevrolet, 30.590, 176.528, 1, 1, 0.410, 0.023
16) Ryan Preece #, 47, Kroger Chevrolet, 30.615, 176.384, 1, 1, 0.435, 0.025
17) Ryan Newman (P), 6, Oscar Mayer Bacon Ford, 30.618, 176.367, 1, 1, 0.438, 0.003
18) Brad Keselowski (P), 2, Autotrader Ford, 30.619, 176.361, 1, 1, 0.439, 0.001
19) Alex Bowman (P), 88, Nationwide Chevrolet, 30.620, 176.355, 1, 1, 0.440, 0.001
20) Kyle Busch (P), 18, M&M's Hazelnut Toyota, 30.633, 176.280, 1, 1, 0.453, 0.013
21) Paul Menard, 21, Menards/Monster Ford, 30.672, 176.056, 1, 1, 0.492, 0.039
22) Joey Logano (P), 22, Pennzoil Ford, 30.674, 176.045, 1, 1, 0.494, 0.002
23) Ryan Blaney (P), 12, PPG Ford, 30.706, 175.861, 1, 1, 0.526, 0.032
24) Martin Truex Jr. (P), 19, Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 30.721, 175.776, 1, 1, 0.541, 0.015
25) Matt DiBenedetto, 95, Barstool Sports Toyota, 30.726, 175.747, 1, 1, 0.546, 0.005
26) Erik Jones (P), 20, CRAFTSMAN Gas Monkey Toyota, 30.740, 175.667, 1, 1, 0.560, 0.014
27) Ty Dillon, 13, GEICO Chevrolet, 30.742, 175.655, 1, 1, 0.562, 0.002
28) Chris Buescher, 37, Natural Light Seltzer Chevrolet, 30.774, 175.473, 1, 1, 0.594, 0.032
29) Matt Tifft #, 36, Surface/Maui Jim Ford, 30.808, 175.279, 1, 1, 0.628, 0.034
30) Landon Cassill(i), 00, William Hill Sports Book Chevrolet, 30.839, 175.103, 1, 1, 0.659, 0.031
31) Bubba Wallace, 43, Victory Junction Chevrolet, 30.893, 174.797, 1, 1, 0.713, 0.054
32) Ross Chastain(i), 15, Xchange of America Chevrolet, 31.027, 174.042, 1, 1, 0.847, 0.134
33) Corey LaJoie, 32, Schluter Systems Ford, 31.081, 173.740, 1, 1, 0.901, 0.054
34) Garrett Smithley(i), 52, Honest Abe Roofing Ford, 31.411, 171.914, 1, 1, 1.231, 0.330
35) BJ McLeod(i), 51, Jacob Companies Ford, 31.413, 171.903, 1, 1, 1.233, 0.002
36) *JJ Yeley(i), 53, AQRE.app Ford, 31.538, 171.222, 1, 1, 1.358, 0.125
37) Reed Sorenson, 77, Chevrolet, 31.752, 170.068, 1, 1, 1.572, 0.214
38) *Joe Nemechek(i), 27, Chevrolet, 32.070, 168.382, 1, 1, 1.890, 0.318
39) *Joey Gase(i), 66, Nevada Donor Network Toyota, 32.086, 168.298, 1, 1, 1.906, 0.016
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Starting Line Up, 2nd Annual South Point 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) Clint Bowyer (P), 14, Toco Warranty Ford, 30.180, 178.926
2) Daniel Suarez, 41, Haas Automation Ford, 30.189, 178.873
3) Kevin Harvick (P), 4, Mobil 1 Ford, 30.206, 178.772
4) Aric Almirola (P), 10, Smithfield Ford, 30.252, 178.501
5) Kurt Busch (P), 1, GEARWRENCH Chevrolet, 30.318, 178.112
6) Daniel Hemric #, 8, Cessna Chevrolet, 30.366, 177.830
7) Austin Dillon, 3, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet, 30.454, 177.317
8) Chase Elliott (P), 9, NAPA Filters Chevrolet, 30.463, 177.264
9) Jimmie Johnson, 48, Ally Chevrolet, 30.488, 177.119
10) Michael McDowell, 34, Love's Travel Stops Ford, 30.490, 177.107
11) David Ragan, 38, Select Blinds Ford, 30.527, 176.893
12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17, SunnyD Ford, 30.531, 176.869
13) Denny Hamlin (P), 11, FedEx Ground Toyota, 30.539, 176.823
14) William Byron (P), 24, Liberty University Chevrolet, 30.567, 176.661
15) Kyle Larson (P), 42, Clover Chevrolet, 30.590, 176.528
16) Ryan Preece #, 47, Kroger Chevrolet, 30.615, 176.384
17) Ryan Newman (P), 6, Oscar Mayer Bacon Ford, 30.618, 176.367
18) Brad Keselowski (P), 2, Autotrader Ford, 30.619, 176.361
19) Alex Bowman (P), 88, Nationwide Chevrolet, 30.620, 176.355
20) Kyle Busch (P), 18, M&M's Hazelnut Toyota, 30.633, 176.280
21) Paul Menard, 21, Menards/Monster Ford, 30.672, 176.056
22) Joey Logano (P), 22, Pennzoil Ford, 30.674, 176.045
23) Ryan Blaney (P), 12, PPG Ford, 30.706, 175.861
24) Martin Truex Jr. (P), 19, Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 30.721, 175.776
25) Matt DiBenedetto, 95, Barstool Sports Toyota, 30.726, 175.747
26) Erik Jones (P), 20, CRAFTSMAN Gas Monkey Toyota, 30.740, 175.667
27) Ty Dillon, 13, GEICO Chevrolet, 30.742, 175.655
28) Chris Buescher, 37, Natural Light Seltzer Chevrolet, 30.774, 175.473
29) Matt Tifft #, 36, Surface/Maui Jim Ford, 30.808, 175.279
30) Landon Cassill(i), 00, William Hill Sports Book Chevrolet, 30.839, 175.103
31) Bubba Wallace, 43, Victory Junction Chevrolet, 30.893, 174.797
32) Ross Chastain(i), 15, Xchange of America Chevrolet, 31.027, 174.042
33) Corey LaJoie, 32, Schluter Systems Ford, 31.081, 173.740
34) Garrett Smithley(i), 52, Honest Abe Roofing Ford, 31.411, 171.914
35) BJ McLeod(i), 51, Jacob Companies Ford, 31.413, 171.903
36) JJ Yeley(i), 53, AQRE.app Ford, 31.538, 171.222
37) Reed Sorenson, 77, Chevrolet, 31.752, 170.068
38) Joe Nemechek(i), 27, Chevrolet, 32.070, 168.382
39) Joey Gase(i), 66, Nevada Donor Network Toyota, 32.086, 168.298
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Track Race Record: Joey Logano: 03/03/19; 2:35:11; 154.849 MPH

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