Truex Speeds to Homestead Pole

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, waits on the grid during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 4EVER 400 Presented by Mobil 1 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Sean Gardner – Getty Images)

(HOMESTEAD, FL – OCT 21, 2023 – RIS) After Bubba Wallace ruled in practice and the first qualifying session, Martin Truex Jr edged him out for the pole in Sunday’s 4EVER 400 Presented by Mobil 1 NASCAR Cup Series race. Wallace had the quickest single lap and best ten-lap average in practice, then out-ran Truex in the first round of qualifying before Truex’ round two lap of 32.256 seconds bumped Wallace to second on the grid, just 0.057 second behind.

“I felt good coming into this round,” said Truex after the sessions. “Last week didn’t go quite as good as I had hoped but there was potential there. And coming here I felt good because it’s always been a good track for us. We’ve run up front a lot. It’s just a comfort zone for me, this kind of race track. There’s a confidence there,” said the two-time winner at Homestead.

Practice: 4EVER 400 Presented by Mobil 1 - Homestead-Miami Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 31.936 sec, 169.088 mph, 1, 25, ---, ---
2) Austin Cindric, No. 2 Freightliner Ford, 32.143, 167.999, 1, 26, -0.207 sec, -0.207 sec
3) Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford, 32.188, 167.764, 2, 32, -0.252, -0.045
4) Christopher Bell (P), No. 20 Rheem/Watts Toyota, 32.210, 167.650, 1, 33, -0.274, -0.022
5) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's/Fleetguard Ford, 32.245, 167.468, 1, 19, -0.309, -0.035
6) Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 32.265, 167.364, 1, 30, -0.329, -0.020
7) Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota, 32.306, 167.152, 1, 29, -0.370, -0.041
8) Tyler Reddick (P), No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 32.348, 166.935, 1, 28, -0.412, -0.042
9) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 BuildSubmarines.com Ford, 32.380, 166.770, 1, 32, -0.444, -0.032
10) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Magical Vacation Planner Ford, 32.385, 166.744, 1, 33, -0.449, -0.005
11) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 32.392, 166.708, 2, 27, -0.456, -0.007
12) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway.com Chevrolet, 32.404, 166.646, 1, 29, -0.468, -0.012
13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Boost by Kroger/Vitaminwater Chevrolet, 32.407, 166.631, 1, 27, -0.471, -0.003
14) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Koker's Garage Chevrolet, 32.410, 166.615, 1, 27, -0.474, -0.003
15) Kyle Busch, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 32.410, 166.615, 2, 21, -0.474, -0.000
16) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Kubota Chevrolet, 32.425, 166.538, 1, 25, -0.489, -0.015
17) Kyle Larson (P), No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 32.437, 166.477, 1, 26, -0.501, -0.012
18) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, 32.587, 165.710, 1, 30, -0.651, -0.150
19) AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Campers Inn RV Chevrolet, 32.593, 165.680, 1, 20, -0.657, -0.006
20) Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet, 32.621, 165.538, 1, 28, -0.685, -0.028
21) William Byron (P), No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 32.628, 165.502, 2, 28, -0.692, -0.007
22) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFIlter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 32.645, 165.416, 2, 19, -0.709, -0.017
23) Harrison Burton, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 32.664, 165.320, 2, 27, -0.728, -0.019
24) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Budweiser Ford, 32.673, 165.274, 1, 26, -0.737, -0.009
25) Ryan Preece, No. 41 United Rentals Ford, 32.760, 164.835, 2, 32, -0.824, -0.087
26) Erik Jones, No. 43 Allegiant Chevrolet, 32.818, 164.544, 2, 14, -0.882, -0.058
27) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 32.827, 164.499, 2, 27, -0.891, -0.009
28) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Gainbridge Chevrolet, 32.838, 164.444, 2, 27, -0.902, -0.011
29) Ty Gibbs #, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, 32.867, 164.299, 2, 27, -0.931, -0.029
30) John Hunter Nemechek(i), No. 42 Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet, 32.900, 164.134, 2, 27, -0.964, -0.033
31) Ty Dillon, No. 77 Raze Shot Focus Chevrolet, 32.928, 163.994, 1, 25, -0.992, -0.028
32) Chris Buescher (P), No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 32.935, 163.959, 1, 28, -0.999, -0.007
33) Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Serial1.com E-Bikes Ford, 32.964, 163.815, 1, 22, -1.028, -0.029
34) Ryan Newman(i), No. 51 Jacob Companies Ford, 33.001, 163.631, 2, 23, -1.065, -0.037
35) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 IFCJ.org Ford, 33.209, 162.607, 2, 18, -1.273, -0.208
36) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet, 33.927, 159.165, 3, 22, -1.991, -0.718

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos, Driver, Car, From Lap, To Lap, Avg Speed
1) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 1, 10, 163.049 mph
2) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Koker's Garage Chevrolet, 1, 10, 162.948
3) Kyle Larson (P), No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1, 10, 162.827
4) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 BuildSubmarines.com Ford, 1, 10, 162.734
5) Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford, 1, 10, 162.666
6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Boost by Kroger/Vitaminwater Chevrolet, 1, 10, 162.635
7) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 1, 10, 162.531
8) William Byron (P), No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 1, 10, 162.526
9) Kyle Busch, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 1, 10, 162.466
10) Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota, 1, 10, 162.455
11) Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 1, 10, 162.453
12) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Magical Vacation Planner Ford, 1, 10, 162.406
13) Tyler Reddick (P), No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 1, 10, 162.305
14) Christopher Bell (P), No. 20 Rheem/Watts Toyota, 1, 10, 162.233
15) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, 1, 10, 162.183
16) AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Campers Inn RV Chevrolet, 1, 10, 162.123
17) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Kubota Chevrolet, 1, 10, 162.102
18) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Budweiser Ford, 1, 10, 161.934
19) Harrison Burton, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 1, 10, 161.751
20) Ryan Preece, No. 41 United Rentals Ford, 1, 10, 161.697
21) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Gainbridge Chevrolet, 1, 10, 161.638
22) Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet, 1, 10, 161.627
23) Ty Dillon, No. 77 Raze Shot Focus Chevrolet, 1, 10, 161.531
24) John Hunter Nemechek(i), No. 42 Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet, 1, 10, 161.503
25) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 1, 10, 161.404
26) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway.com Chevrolet, 1, 10, 161.230
27) Erik Jones, No. 43 Allegiant Chevrolet, 1, 10, 161.123
28) Ty Gibbs #, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, 1, 10, 160.735
29) Austin Cindric, No. 2 Freightliner Ford, 5, 14, 160.665
30) Chris Buescher (P), No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 1, 10, 160.634
31) Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Serial1.com E-Bikes Ford, 1, 10, 159.491
32) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 IFCJ.org Ford, 2, 11, 159.395
33) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFIlter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 10, 19, 157.874
34) Ryan Newman(i), No. 51 Jacob Companies Ford, 9, 18, 157.872
35) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's/Fleetguard Ford, 8, 17, 157.746
36) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet, 1, 10, 157.734
Must run 10 consecutive laps on the track.

Qualifying: 4EVER 400 Presented by Mobil 1 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

Round 1A:
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 31.888 sec, 169.343 mph, 1, 1, ---, ---
2) Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 31.999, 168.755, 1, 1, 0.111 sec, 0.111 sec
3) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, 32.101, 168.219, 1, 1, 0.213, 0.102
4) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 BuildSubmarines.com Ford, 32.104, 168.203, 1, 1, 0.216, 0.003
5) Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford, 32.135, 168.041, 1, 1, 0.247, 0.031
6) Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota, 32.146, 167.984, 1, 1, 0.258, 0.011
7) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Koker's Garage Chevrolet, 32.169, 167.863, 1, 1, 0.281, 0.023
8) Christopher Bell (P), No. 20 Rheem/Watts Toyota, 32.184, 167.785, 1, 1, 0.296, 0.015
9) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway.com Chevrolet, 32.221, 167.593, 1, 1, 0.333, 0.037
10) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's/Fleetguard Ford, 32.256, 167.411, 1, 1, 0.368, 0.035
11) Kyle Busch, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 32.345, 166.950, 1, 1, 0.457, 0.089
12) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Magical Vacation Planner Ford, 32.389, 166.723, 1, 1, 0.501, 0.044
13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Boost by Kroger/Vitaminwater Chevrolet, 32.395, 166.692, 1, 1, 0.507, 0.006
14) Austin Cindric, No. 2 Freightliner Ford, 32.445, 166.436, 1, 1, 0.557, 0.050
15) Ryan Preece, No. 41 United Rentals Ford, 32.513, 166.087, 1, 1, 0.625, 0.068
16) Ty Dillon, No. 77 Raze Shot Focus Chevrolet, 32.820, 164.534, 1, 1, 0.932, 0.307
17) Ryan Newman(i), No. 51 Jacob Companies Ford, 32.850, 164.384, 1, 1, 0.962, 0.030
18) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet, 33.364, 161.851, 1, 1, 1.476, 0.514

Round 1B:
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Tyler Reddick (P), No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 32.003 sec, 168.734 mph, 1, 1, ---, ---
2) Ty Gibbs #, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, 32.106, 168.193, 1, 1, 0.103 sec, 0.103 sec
3) William Byron (P), No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 32.193, 167.738, 1, 1, 0.190, 0.087
4) Kyle Larson (P), No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 32.258, 167.400, 1, 1, 0.255, 0.065
5) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Kubota Chevrolet, 32.285, 167.260, 1, 1, 0.282, 0.027
6) Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet, 32.318, 167.090, 1, 1, 0.315, 0.033
7) Chris Buescher (P), No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 32.341, 166.971, 1, 1, 0.338, 0.023
8) Erik Jones, No. 43 Allegiant Chevrolet, 32.357, 166.888, 1, 1, 0.354, 0.016
9) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Gainbridge Chevrolet, 32.359, 166.878, 1, 1, 0.356, 0.002
10) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Budweiser Ford, 32.392, 166.708, 1, 1, 0.389, 0.033
11) John Hunter Nemechek(i), No. 42 Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet, 32.399, 166.672, 1, 1, 0.396, 0.007
12) AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Campers Inn RV Chevrolet, 32.427, 166.528, 1, 1, 0.424, 0.028
13) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFIlter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 32.468, 166.318, 1, 1, 0.465, 0.041
14) Harrison Burton, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 32.474, 166.287, 1, 1, 0.471, 0.006
15) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 32.537, 165.965, 1, 1, 0.534, 0.063
16) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 IFCJ.org Ford, 32.584, 165.726, 1, 1, 0.581, 0.047
17) Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Serial1.com E-Bikes Ford, 32.594, 165.675, 1, 1, 0.591, 0.010
18) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 0.000, 0.000, 0, 0, -----, -----

Round 2
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, -Fastest, -Next
1) Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 32.256 sec, 167.411 mph, ---, ---
2) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 32.313, 167.115, 0.057 sec, 0.057 sec
3) Tyler Reddick (P), No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 32.344, 166.955, 0.088, 0.031
4) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 BuildSubmarines.com Ford, 32.417, 166.579, 0.161, 0.073
5) Kyle Larson (P), No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 32.510, 166.103, 0.254, 0.093
6) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, 32.551, 165.894, 0.295, 0.041
7) William Byron (P), No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 32.559, 165.853, 0.303, 0.008
8) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Kubota Chevrolet, 32.563, 165.832, 0.307, 0.004
9) Ty Gibbs #, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, 32.566, 165.817, 0.310, 0.003
10) Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford, 32.594, 165.675, 0.338, 0.028

Starting Line Up: 4EVER 400 Presented by Mobil 1 - Homestead-Miami Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) 
Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 32.256 sec, 167.411 mph
2) 
Bubba Wallace, No. 23 McDonald's Toyota, 32.313, 167.115
3) 
Tyler Reddick (P), No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 32.344, 166.955
4) 
Brad Keselowski, No. 6 BuildSubmarines.com Ford, 32.417, 166.579
5) 
Kyle Larson (P), No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 32.510, 166.103
6) 
Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, 32.551, 165.894
7) 
William Byron (P), No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 32.559, 165.853
8) 
Ross Chastain, No. 1 Kubota Chevrolet, 32.563, 165.832
9) 
Ty Gibbs #, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, 32.566, 165.817
10) 
Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford, 32.594, 165.675
11) 
Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota, 32.146, 167.984
12) 
Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Koker's Garage Chevrolet, 32.169, 167.863
13) 
Christopher Bell (P), No. 20 Rheem/Watts Toyota, 32.184, 167.785
14) 
Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway.com Chevrolet, 32.221, 167.593
15) 
Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's/Fleetguard Ford, 32.256, 167.411
16) 
Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet, 32.318, 167.090
17) 
Chris Buescher (P), No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 32.341, 166.971
18) 
Kyle Busch, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 32.345, 166.950
19) 
Erik Jones, No. 43 Allegiant Chevrolet, 32.357, 166.888
20) 
Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Gainbridge Chevrolet, 32.359, 166.878
21) 
Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Magical Vacation Planner Ford, 32.389, 166.723
22) 
Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Budweiser Ford, 32.392, 166.708
23) 
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Boost by Kroger/Vitaminwater Chevrolet, 32.395, 166.692
24) 
John Hunter Nemechek(i), No. 42 Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet, 32.399, 166.672
25) 
AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Campers Inn RV Chevrolet, 32.427, 166.528
26) 
Austin Cindric, No. 2 Freightliner Ford, 32.445, 166.436
27) 
Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFIlter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 32.468, 166.318
28) 
Harrison Burton, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 32.474, 166.287
29) 
Ryan Preece, No. 41 United Rentals Ford, 32.513, 166.087
30) 
Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 32.537, 165.965
31) 
JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 IFCJ.org Ford, 32.584, 165.726
32) 
Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Serial1.com E-Bikes Ford, 32.594, 165.675
33) 
Ty Dillon, No. 77 Raze Shot Focus Chevrolet, 32.820, 164.534
34) 
Ryan Newman(i), No. 51 Jacob Companies Ford, 32.850, 164.384
35) 
Josh Bilicki(i), No. 78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet, 33.364, 161.851
36) 
Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 0.000, 0.000
(i)
 Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs

Track Qualifying Record: Jamie McMurray, 11/16/03, 29.816 sec, 181.111 mph

Track Race Record: Kyle Busch, 11/17/19, 2:48:47, 142.654 mph

John Davison

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