Tyler Reddick Wins the Pole Position for Sunday's Cup Race at Kansas Speedway
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Tyler Reddick went out last in the run for the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, but he ended up on the pole, nipping Joey Logano for the fastest speed. Reddick pushed the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to a best lap of 180.608 mph in the final round of time trials at the 1.5-mile Kansas City track. His second pole of the season was the third of his Cup Series career.
Second-fastest Joey Logano is set to share the front row for the start of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET, USA, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM), the second race in the Cup Series Playoffs. He notched a lap of 180.385 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.
Alex Bowman was third in qualifying, followed by Christopher Bell in fourth and Ross Chastain completing the top five.
The 36 drivers were split into two groups for practice and qualifying, and the top five from each bracket reached the final round to go for the pole. Bell was fastest in Group A’s time trials, and Reddick was best in Group B.
Reddick also will have the first pit on Sunday.
“It’s always good to get that pit position,” Reddick said.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scraped the wall with his JTG Daugherty Racing entry, but the damage was not enough to keep the No. 47 Chevrolet from participating in Busch Light Pole Qualifying.
Aric Almirola was last in the 36-car field, and he said that his Stewart-Haas Racing crew was looking into engine issues under the hood of the No. 10 Ford. Almirola did not qualify and is scheduled to start last in Sunday’s 400-miler.
Ron Fleshman and John Davison
Ron Fleshman is NASCAR Editor at Ris-News.com