Bubba Wallace Wins his First Career NASCAR Cup Pole in Michigan

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BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – There is a first time for everything and Bubba Wallace his first pole position and the first for 23XI Racing on Saturday.  Wallace went 190.703 mph in the second round of qualifying to earn the top starting spot.  He will start on the front row beside Christopher Bell, making it an all-Toyota front row near the seat of American car manufacturers.

Kyle Busch and Joey Logano start third and fourth, respectively, in the second row. Austin Cindric rounds out the top five. Tyler Reddick was sixth quickest in the second round, while Martin Truex Jr. was seventh. Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones complete the top 10 in the lineup.

Toyotas were able to take six of the top 11 spots in qualifying even while battling ill-handling racecars.

“That was tough – it took me five years to get my first pole,” Wallace said. “It’s a testament to everyone at 23XI, everybody on this No. 23 team, they’ve been doing a tremendous job all year long. We just haven’t had the finishes we deserve.

“I’m proud of everybody sticking through it, a lot of adversity on this team. We keep showing up ready to battle and that means a lot. For us to come out here and get this pole, we knew we had speed from the (tire) test. That’s good when things are lining up.”

Final Practice: 54th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400 - Michigan International Speedway

Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next

1) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 38.138 sec, 188.788 mph, 2, 17, ---.---, ---.---

2) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 38.210, 188.432, 18, 22, -0.072, -0.072

3) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 38.298, 187.999, 9, 21, -0.160, -0.088

4) Ty Gibbs(i), No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 38.355, 187.720, 6, 24, -0.217, -0.057

5) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, 38.413, 187.437, 8, 15, -0.275, -0.058

6) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 38.421, 187.398, 11, 18, -0.283, -0.008

7) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 38.435, 187.329, 5, 19, -0.297, -0.014

8) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Cardell Caninetry Ford, 38.436, 187.324, 10, 15, -0.298, -0.001

9) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 38.479, 187.115, 5, 18, -0.341, -0.043

10) Chase Elliott, No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet, 38.479, 187.115, 14, 19, -0.341, -0.000

11) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschelOfBusch Ford, 38.483, 187.096, 4, 20, -0.345, -0.004

12) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 38.493, 187.047, 15, 22, -0.355, -0.010

13) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 38.498, 187.023, 10, 16, -0.360, -0.005

14) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 38.524, 186.896, 4, 20, -0.386, -0.026

15) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Sirius XM Toyota, 38.528, 186.877, 11, 15, -0.390, -0.004

16) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford, 38.541, 186.814, 5, 14, -0.403, -0.013

17) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 38.557, 186.737, 10, 13, -0.419, -0.016

18) Chris Buescher, No. 17 LeBron James Family Foundation Ford, 38.577, 186.640, 6, 17, -0.439, -0.020

19) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Dow MobilityScience Chevrolet, 38.578, 186.635, 3, 16, -0.440, -0.001

20) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford, 38.638, 186.345, 6, 14, -0.500, -0.060

21) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Advent Health Chevrolet, 38.651, 186.282, 10, 16, -0.513, -0.013

22) Noah Gragson(i), No. 16 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, 38.671, 186.186, 12, 15, -0.533, -0.020

23) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 38.672, 186.181, 5, 15, -0.534, -0.001

24) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Martin Transportation Systems Ford, 38.732, 185.893, 6, 17, -0.594, -0.060

25) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 38.810, 185.519, 3, 15, -0.672, -0.078

26) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Castrol Ford, 38.851, 185.323, 2, 18, -0.713, -0.041

27) William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 38.855, 185.304, 2, 14, -0.717, -0.004

28) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Ferris Chevrolet, 38.919, 185.000, 10, 17, -0.781, -0.064

29) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Ford 20 Year Sr Master Techs Ford, 38.937, 184.914, 4, 18, -0.799, -0.018

30) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 RWR Ford, 38.941, 184.895, 5, 14, -0.803, -0.004

31) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger Health/SweetLeaf Chevrolet, 38.999, 184.620, 6, 15, -0.861, -0.058

32) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Schluter Systems Chevrolet, 39.119, 184.054, 1, 13, -0.981, -0.120

33) Austin Hill(i), No. *33 Bennett Transportation Chevrolet, 39.180, 183.767, 4, 21, -1.042, -0.061

34) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Michigan State/Zeigler Auto Chevrolet, 39.240, 183.486, 10, 17, -1.102, -0.060

35) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Ford, 39.431, 182.597, 7, 13, -1.293, -0.191

36) BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 Blaster Ford, 39.439, 182.560, 3, 3, -1.301, -0.008

37) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 39.515, 182.209, 3, 13, -1.377, -0.076

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

Pos, Driver, Car, From Lap, To Lap, Avg Speed

1) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 7, 16, 186.992 mph

2) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 1, 10, 186.678

3) Ty Gibbs(i), No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 3, 12, 186.314

4) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 1, 10, 186.188

5) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 4, 13, 186.112

6) Chase Elliott, No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet, 2, 11, 185.990

7) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschelOfBusch Ford, 3, 12, 185.719

8) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 9, 18, 185.480

9) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Ford 20 Year Sr Master Techs Ford, 1, 10, 183.432

10) Austin Hill(i)*, No. *33 Bennett Transportation Chevrolet, 12, 21, 182.472

Must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included.

Time Trial Results: 54th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400 - Michigan International Speedway

Qualifying Round: 1A

Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next

1) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 37.890 sec, 190.024 mph, 0, 1, 0.000, 0.000

2) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Sirius XM Toyota, 37.905, 189.949, 0, 1, 0.015, 0.015

3) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 38.041, 189.269, 0, 1, 0.151, 0.136

4) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford, 38.070, 189.125, 0, 1, 0.180, 0.029

5) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 38.237, 188.299, 0, 1, 0.347, 0.167

6) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Martin Transportation Systems Ford, 38.287, 188.053, 0, 1, 0.397, 0.050

7) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschelOfBusch Ford, 38.333, 187.828, 0, 1, 0.443, 0.046

8) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 38.380, 187.598, 0, 1, 0.490, 0.047

9) William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 38.463, 187.193, 0, 1, 0.573, 0.083

10) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 38.482, 187.100, 0, 1, 0.592, 0.019

11) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Ferris Chevrolet, 38.617, 186.446, 0, 1, 0.727, 0.135

12) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Dow MobilityScience Chevrolet, 38.639, 186.340, 0, 1, 0.749, 0.022

13) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Ford 20 Year Sr Master Techs Ford, 38.641, 186.331, 0, 1, 0.751, 0.002

14) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Castrol Ford, 38.997, 184.630, 0, 1, 1.107, 0.356

15) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 39.021, 184.516, 0, 1, 1.131, 0.024

16) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Michigan State/Zeigler Auto Chevrolet, 39.308, 183.169, 0, 1, 1.418, 0.287

17) BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 Blaster Ford, 39.308, 183.169, 0, 1, 1.418, 0.000

18) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Ford, 39.317, 183.127, 0, 1, 1.427, 0.009

Qualifying Round: 1B

Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next

1) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 37.902 sec, 189.964 mph, 0, 1, 0.000, 0.000

2) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 38.050, 189.225, 0, 1, 0.148, 0.148

3) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 38.051, 189.220, 0, 1, 0.149, 0.001

4) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 38.074, 189.105, 0, 1, 0.172, 0.023

5) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, 38.122, 188.867, 0, 1, 0.220, 0.048

6) Ty Gibbs(i), No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 38.218, 188.393, 0, 1, 0.316, 0.096

7) Noah Gragson(i), No. 16 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, 38.248, 188.245, 0, 1, 0.346, 0.030

8) Chase Elliott, No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet, 38.270, 188.137, 0, 1, 0.368, 0.022

9) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 38.306, 187.960, 0, 1, 0.404, 0.036

10) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 38.385, 187.573, 0, 1, 0.483, 0.079

11) Chris Buescher, No. 17 LeBron James Family Foundation Ford, 38.448, 187.266, 0, 1, 0.546, 0.063

12) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Advent Health Chevrolet, 38.502, 187.003, 0, 1, 0.600, 0.054

13) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford, 38.526, 186.887, 0, 1, 0.624, 0.024

14) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Cardell Caninetry Ford, 38.551, 186.766, 0, 1, 0.649, 0.025

15) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger Health/SweetLeaf Chevrolet, 38.697, 186.061, 0, 1, 0.795, 0.146

16) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 RWR Ford, 38.803, 185.553, 0, 1, 0.901, 0.106

17) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 38.814, 185.500, 0, 1, 0.912, 0.011

18) Austin Hill(i)*, No. 33 Bennett Transportation Chevrolet, 38.875, 185.209, 0, 1, 0.973, 0.061

19) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Schluter Systems Chevrolet, 38.940, 184.900, 0, 1, 1.038, 0.065

Qualifying Round: 2

Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, -Fastest, -Next

1) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 37.755 sec, 190.703 mph, 0.000, 0.000

2) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Sirius XM Toyota, 37.915, 189.898, 0.160, 0.160

3) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 37.921, 189.868, 0.166, 0.006

4) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 37.993, 189.509, 0.238, 0.072

5) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford, 38.005, 189.449, 0.250, 0.012

6) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 38.090, 189.026, 0.335, 0.085

7) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, 38.151, 188.724, 0.396, 0.061

8) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 38.175, 188.605, 0.420, 0.024

9) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 38.209, 188.437, 0.454, 0.034

10) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 38.366, 187.666, 0.611, 0.157

Starting Line Up: 54th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400 - Michigan International Speedway

Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed

1) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 37.755 sec, 190.703 mph

2) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Sirius XM Toyota, 37.915, 189.898

3) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 37.921, 189.868

4) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 37.993, 189.509

5) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford, 38.005, 189.449

6) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 38.090, 189.026

7) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, 38.151, 188.724

8) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 38.175, 188.605

9) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 38.209, 188.437

10) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 38.366, 187.666

11) Ty Gibbs(i), No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 38.218, 188.393

12) Noah Gragson(i), No. 16 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, 38.248, 188.245

13) Chase Elliott, No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet, 38.270, 188.137

14) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Martin Transportation Systems Ford, 38.287, 188.053

15) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 38.306, 187.960

16) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschelOfBusch Ford, 38.333, 187.828

17) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 38.380, 187.598

18) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 38.385, 187.573

19) Chris Buescher, No. 17 LeBron James Family Foundation Ford, 38.448, 187.266

20) William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 38.463, 187.193

21) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 38.482, 187.100

22) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Advent Health Chevrolet, 38.502, 187.003

23) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford, 38.526, 186.887

24) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Cardell Caninetry Ford, 38.551, 186.766

25) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Ferris Chevrolet, 38.617, 186.446

26) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Dow MobilityScience Chevrolet, 38.639, 186.340

27) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Ford 20 Year Sr Master Techs Ford, 38.641, 186.331

28) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger Health/SweetLeaf Chevrolet, 38.697, 186.061

29) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 RWR Ford, 38.803, 185.553

30) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 38.814, 185.500

31) Austin Hill(i), No. 33 Bennett Transportation Chevrolet, 38.875, 185.209

32) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Schluter Systems Chevrolet, 38.940, 184.900

33) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Castrol Ford, 38.997, 184.630

34) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 39.021, 184.516

35) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Michigan State/Zeigler Auto Chevrolet, 39.308, 183.169

36) BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 Blaster Ford, 39.308, 183.169

37) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 First Phase Ford, 39.317, 183.127

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Qualifying Fast Facts

54th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400 - Michigan International Speedway

Busch Pole Award Pole Winner: Bubba Wallace

Age: 28

Team : No. 23 - McDonald's Toyota

Owner: Michael Jordan

Crew Chief: Robert Barker

Bubba Wallace won the Pole Award for the 54th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400 with a lap of 37.755 seconds, 190.703 mph.

This is his first pole in 171 NASCAR   Cup Series races.

This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2022.

This is his first pole in nine races at Michigan International Speedway.

Christopher Bell (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2022 and his second in four races at Michigan International Speedway.

Kyle Busch (third) posted his 17th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 11th in 23 races this season.

Austin Cindric (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon  08/17/14 34.857 206.558

Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett 06/13/99 - 2:17:56 - 173.997 mph

Ronald Fleshman and John Davison

Ron Fleshman is NASCAR Editor at Ris-News.com

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