Briscoe and Cindric Lead Inaugural Cup Race at World Wide Technologies Raceway

ST LOUIS, MO – JUNE 4, 2022 – RIS) Chase Briscoe and Cindric topped the final time trials results for Sunday’s inaugural Enjoy Illinois 300 NASCAR Cup Series race. The first Cup race at World Wide Technologies Raceway 

Group A Cup Series qualifying showed a “Total Power” domination by Fords, with Austin Cindric leading the group early and managed to hold onto the top spot, followed by Aric Almirola, Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain and Cole Custer until Kyle Larson missed advancing to the final round by a narrow margin of seven thousandths of a second. The final car in Group A, Chase Briscoe, leaped to the top of the chart with a 32.528 second lap, beating Cindric by 0.269 second, with the rookie ahead of Almirola, with another rookie, Harrison Burton ahead of Ross Chastain to advance to the second round.

Group B had Josh Bilicki out first, with Corey LaJoie just shy of three-fourths of a second quicker. Kurt Busch set the top time early, with fellow 23-XI driver Bubba Wallace next. Chase Elliott edged out Wallace for second, then Ryan Blaney put another Ford on top of the table, with Ricky Stenhouse clipping a curb and slowing his lap. Joey Logano, next out, jumped to the top of the chart with a lap of 32.605 sec / 138.016 mph. Tyler Reddick’s lap split the Ford pair of Logano and Blaney, then Christopher Bell moved to third with only Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch left to make their first effort. Hamlin’s time knocked Kurt Busch out of the second round, leaving Kyle Busch as the final car in Group B to set a time but the younger Busch brother was only able to post the seventh fastest time. 

In Round 2, Ross Chastain ran a tick faster than the first round, then Harrison Burton clocked a quicker lap than Chastain or his own first lap. Aric Almirola moved to the top of the chart, in spite of hitting the rev limiter briefly. Austin Cindric moved the No. 2 Ford to the top of the chart, with Chase Briscoe next on the track and next atop the timesheet, with a 32.544 / 138.274 lap. Last week’s pole and race winner Denny Hamlin clocked the third-fastest time in the session with Ryan Blaney next on the track. Blaney moved to third on the tower with Christopher Bell breaking the blue oval lock on the top five, then Tyler Reddick bumped into fourth with Joey Logano bobbling the entrance to the third turn to qualify only seventh. 

“I got the best seat starting out,” said Briscoe after the session. “I felt like yesterday in practice our car was really good. I thought we were a third to fifth-place car and I thought the 22 was the best car. The first round of qualifying I felt like I didn’t run a very good lap at all and wasn’t sure I would make the top five. To see how fast it was I knew we would be pretty good for the second round. The second round I kind of did the opposite and overdrove that one. I didn’t think the lap was going to hold up. I felt like Reddick or Joey would be able to get us but we were able to hold it off.”

Time Trial Results: Inaugural Enjoy Illinois 300 Presented by TicketSmarter,World Wide Technology Raceway

Round 1A
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford, 32.528, 138.342, 0, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Menards/Atlas Ford, 32.797, 137.208, 0, 1, 0.269, 0.269
3) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Built Ford Proud Ford, 32.814, 137.137, 0, 1, 0.286, 0.017
4) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Ford/DAV Ford, 32.877, 136.874, 0, 1, 0.349, 0.063
5) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Moose Fraternity Chevrolet, 32.904, 136.761, 0, 1, 0.376, 0.027
6) Cole Custer, No. 41 Feeding America/Wow Wow Ford, 32.932, 136.645, 0, 1, 0.404, 0.028
7) Kyle Larson, No. 5 Valvoline Chevrolet, 32.939, 136.616, 0, 1, 0.411, 0.007
8) Michael McDowell, No. 34 WISE-EV Ford, 32.960, 136.529, 0, 1, 0.432, 0.021
9) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 #BuschLightPolite Ford, 33.019, 136.285, 0, 1, 0.491, 0.059
10) Erik Jones, No. 43 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet, 33.019, 136.285, 0, 1, 0.491, 0.000
11) William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 33.112, 135.902, 0, 1, 0.584, 0.093
12) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 33.150, 135.747, 0, 1, 0.622, 0.038
13) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Get Bioethanol Chevrolet, 33.415, 134.670, 0, 1, 0.887, 0.265
14) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Solomon Plumbing Ford, 33.575, 134.028, 0, 1, 1.047, 0.160
15) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 33.625, 133.829, 0, 1, 1.097, 0.050
16) Zane Smith(i), No. 17 Acronis Ford, 33.671, 133.646, 0, 1, 1.143, 0.046
17) Parker Kligerman(i), No. 15 Scott Credit Union Ford, 0.000, 0.000, 0, 0, -----, -----
18) Ben Rhodes(i), No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 0.000, 0.000, 0, 0, -----, -----

Qualifying Round 1B
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 32.605, 138.016, 0, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 32.656, 137.800, 0, 1, 0.051, 0.051
3) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem Toyota, 32.703, 137.602, 0, 1, 0.098, 0.047
4) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Dent Wizard Ford, 32.719, 137.535, 0, 1, 0.114, 0.016
5) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 32.762, 137.354, 0, 1, 0.157, 0.043
6) Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 32.803, 137.183, 0, 1, 0.198, 0.041
7) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Snickers Toyota, 32.827, 137.082, 0, 1, 0.222, 0.024
8) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Reser's Fine Foods Toyota, 32.868, 136.911, 0, 1, 0.263, 0.041
9) Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet, 32.941, 136.608, 0, 1, 0.336, 0.073
10) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 32.977, 136.459, 0, 1, 0.372, 0.036
11) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 32.997, 136.376, 0, 1, 0.392, 0.020
12) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Ford, 33.055, 136.137, 0, 1, 0.450, 0.058
13) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Tootsie's Orchid Lounge Chevrolet, 33.088, 136.001, 0, 1, 0.483, 0.033
14) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Chevrolet Military Appreciation Chevrolet, 33.285, 135.196, 0, 1, 0.680, 0.197
15) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 SunnyD Chevrolet, 33.299, 135.139, 0, 1, 0.694, 0.014
16) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 33.339, 134.977, 0, 1, 0.734, 0.040
17) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet, 33.744, 133.357, 0, 1, 1.139, 0.405
18) BJ McLeod, No. 78 Blaster Ford, 34.477, 130.522, 0, 1, 1.872, 0.733

Round 2
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford, 32.544, 138.274, 1, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Menards/Atlas Ford, 32.662, 137.775, 1, 1, 0.118, 0.118
3) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem Toyota, 32.713, 137.560, 1, 1, 0.169, 0.051
4) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 32.724, 137.514, 1, 1, 0.180, 0.011
5) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Dent Wizard Ford, 32.735, 137.468, 1, 1, 0.191, 0.011
6) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 32.760, 137.363, 1, 1, 0.216, 0.025
7) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 32.820, 137.112, 1, 1, 0.276, 0.060
8) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Built Ford Proud Ford, 32.820, 137.112, 1, 1, 0.276, 0.000
9) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Ford/DAV Ford, 32.828, 137.078, 1, 1, 0.284, 0.008
10) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Moose Fraternity Chevrolet, 32.870, 136.903, 1, 1, 0.326, 0.042

Line Up: Inaugural Enjoy Illinois 300 Presented by TicketSmarter, World Wide Technology Raceway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford, 32.544, 138.274
2) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Menards/Atlas Ford, 32.662, 137.775
3) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem Toyota, 32.713, 137.560
4) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 32.724, 137.514
5) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Dent Wizard Ford, 32.735, 137.468
6) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 32.760, 137.363
7) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 32.820, 137.112
8) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Built Ford Proud Ford, 32.820, 137.112
9) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Ford/DAV Ford, 32.828, 137.078
10) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Moose Fraternity Chevrolet, 32.870, 136.903
11) Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 32.803, 137.183
12) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Snickers Toyota, 32.827, 137.082
13) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Reser's Fine Foods Toyota, 32.868, 136.911
14) Cole Custer, No. 41 Feeding America/Wow Wow Ford, 32.932, 136.645
15) Kyle Larson, No. 5 Valvoline Chevrolet, 32.939, 136.616
16) Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet, 32.941, 136.608
17) Michael McDowell, No. 34 WISE-EV Ford, 32.960, 136.529
18) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 32.977, 136.459
19) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 32.997, 136.376
20) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 #BuschLightPolite Ford, 33.019, 136.285
21) Erik Jones, No. 43 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet, 33.019, 136.285
22) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Ford, 33.055, 136.137
23) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Tootsie's Orchid Lounge Chevrolet, 33.088, 136.001
24) William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 33.112, 135.902
25) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 33.150, 135.747
26) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Chevrolet Military Appreciation Chevrolet, 33.285, 135.196
27) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 SunnyD Chevrolet, 33.299, 135.139
28) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 33.339, 134.977
29) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Get Bioethanol Chevrolet, 33.415, 134.670
30) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Solomon Plumbing Ford, 33.575, 134.028
31) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 33.625, 133.829
32) Zane Smith(i), No. 17 Acronis Ford, 33.671, 133.646
33) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet, 33.744, 133.357
34) BJ McLeod, No. 78 Blaster Ford, 34.477, 130.522
35) Ben Rhodes(i), No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 0.000, 0.000
36) Parker Kligerman(i), No. 15 Scott Credit Union Ford, 0.000, 0.000
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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