Kyle Busch Wins NASCAR Cup All-Star Pole and Tyler Reddick Wins Open Pole on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kyle Busch won the pole for the NASCAR Cup All-Star Race on a fast pit stop.  In a complicated way to determine who starts first, drivers faced an elimination concept pitting driver against driver.  The eight fastest cars were faced with a competition on who might win the pole, ending in a battle of pit crews.  It all came down to Busch and Ryan Blaney for that honor.  Busch ousted Ryan Blaney in a head-to-head battle for the pole, with his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team completing a four-tire pit stop, and Busch getting a solid launch and prevailing in the race off pit road and a lap back to the checkered flag in the final matchup.

Blaney will start second in Sunday’s All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford. William Byron, defending race winner Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch complete the top five starting spots in order.

The 20 drivers who are already locked into the All-Star Race first made single-lap qualifying runs, with Byron claiming the top seed as the fastest from that session. The fastest eight drivers were placed into an elimination bracket, with the over-the-wall crews getting involved in the second session to vie for the pole. Aric Almirola claimed the eighth and final slot in the bracket, edging ninth-fastest Joey Logano during the single-lap time trials.

Byron, Blaney, Larson and Kyle Busch emerged from the first-round matchups. Byron outdistanced Almirola, getting a jump off the green light in the opener. Blaney sped away from Ross Chastain out of the pit box in the second matchup. Larson got the better of Kurt Busch in their first-round showdown, a speedy pit stop being the key for the defending Cup Series champ. Kyle Busch cruised past Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr., whose crew had trouble on the left-side change during the pit-stop segment.

Blaney defeated Byron in the first semifinal, and Kyle Busch outlasted Larson — who stalled off the starting line — in the other second-round clash to make the final.

Earlier, the All-Star open qualifying, pitted drivers who did not meet the criteria  to run in the main race on Sunday. Tyler Reddick claims the pole for All-Star raced called the Open. Reddick grabbed the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Open qualifying. Reddick put his No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet atop the speed charts at 186.981 mph in Saturday evening’s single-lap qualifying. Trackhouse Racing’s Daniel Suárez the front row after recording the second-fastest lap at 186.903 mph in the No. 99 Chevy. 

Twenty drivers are locked into the All Star grid. They include full-time drivers with previous All-Star victories, former Cup Series champions with full-time rides, and points race winners during the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

The winners of the 20-, 20-, and 10-lap All-Star Open races will expand the grid to 23. (The Open races are for full-time Cup Series drivers not otherwise eligible). The 24th starter will be the driver selected by the NASCAR Fan Vote, which began several months ago and concludes Friday at noon.

Race officials will announce the Fan Vote choice on Sunday night, shortly before the 8 p.m. start of the main event. They have, however, said that going into this week Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Tyler Reddick, and Corey Lajoie were the leading vote-getters.

Time Trial Results: NASCAR All-Star Open, Texas Motor Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, -Fastest, -Next
1) 
Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 28.880 sec, 186.981 mph, 0.000, 0.000
2) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway Insurance Chevrolet, 28.892, 186.903, 0.012, 0.012
3) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Viva Towels Chevrolet, 28.956, 186.490, 0.076, 0.064
4) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 28.982, 186.323, 0.102, 0.026
5) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 29.003, 186.188, 0.123, 0.021
6) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 29.028, 186.027, 0.148, 0.025
7) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet, 29.110, 185.503, 0.230, 0.082
8) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 29.195, 184.963, 0.315, 0.085
9) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford, 29.224, 184.780, 0.344, 0.029
10) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 29.226, 184.767, 0.346, 0.002
11) Landon Cassill(i) No. 77 Shelton Energy Solutions Chevrolet, 29.287, 184.382, 0.407, 0.061
12) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Ferris Chevrolet, 29.396, 183.698, 0.516, 0.109
13) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 29.506, 183.014, 0.626, 0.110
14) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Credit Card Ford, 29.749, 181.519, 0.869, 0.243
15) Garrett Smithley, No. 15 Trophy Tractor Ford, 29.895, 180.632, 1.015, 0.146
16) BJ McLeod, No. 78 Pala Casino Ford, 29.927, 180.439, 1.047, 0.032
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Starting Line Up: NASCAR All-Star Open, Texas Motor Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 28.880 sec, 186.981 mph
2) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway Insurance Chevrolet, 28.892, 186.903
3) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Viva Towels Chevrolet, 28.956, 186.490
4) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 28.982, 186.323
5) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 29.003, 186.188
6) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 29.028, 186.027
7) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road , 29.110, 185.503
8) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 29.195, 184.963
9) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford, 29.224, 184.780
10) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 29.226, 184.767
11) Landon Cassill(i), No. 77 Shelton Energy Solutions Chevrolet, 29.287, 184.382
12) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Ferris Chevrolet, 29.396, 183.698
13) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 29.506, 183.014
14) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Credit Card Ford, 29.749, 181.519
15) Garrett Smithley, No. 15 Trophy Tractor Ford, 29.895, 180.632
16) BJ McLeod, No. 78 Pala Casino Ford, 29.927, 180.439
(i) ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

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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