Gibbs Tops All-Star Practice, Weather Wins Friday

Will the rain tires in the center be the main tires used in the All-Star?

(NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – MAY 17, 2024 – RIS) Ty Gibbs set the quickest lap in practice for the 2024 NASCAR All-Star with Ryan Blaney just 0.031 second back of Gibbs’ 18.145 sec / 124.001 mph lap. Gibbs set his quickest lap time late in a session on the softer ‘option’ tire before changing to the standard tire compound. 

Qualifying got to the last car on the track, Ty Gibbs, when rain moved in, cancelling Gibbs’ run and leaving Austin Dillon in the lurch, waiting to see if his quick time would hold for the pole position for the All-Star Open. NASCAR later announced that the starting lineup for the Open would be determined according to the rulebook instead of the time trial times.

Truck qualifying will start at 10:30 Saturday, with All-Star qualifying slated for 11:30. The heat races will go ahead as scheduled.

Practice – NASCAR All-Star, North Wilkesboro Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Delta, Best Time, Best Speed, Best Lap, Laps, Last Lap
1) Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, --, 18.145 sec, 124.001 mph, 49, 91, 18.906 sec
2) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards\Wrangler Ford, 0.031 sec, 18.176, 123.790, 55, 90, 19.034
3) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Yahoo! Toyota, 0.065, 18.210, 123.558, 37, 77, 19.411
4) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 0.103, 18.248, 123.301, 50, 103, 18.881
5) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Alltroo Toyota, 0.109, 18.254, 123.261, 3, 83, 18.967
6) Denny Hamlin, 11 Mavis Tire Toyota, 0.126, 18.271, 123.146, 39, 85, 18.793
7) Kyle Busch, No. 8 Lenovo Chevrolet, 0.130, 18.275, 123.119, 48, 70, 18.940
8) Josh Berry #, No. 4 Harrison's Ford, 0.138, 18.283, 123.065, 47, 86, 19.211
9) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Gainbridge Chevrolet, 0.141, 18.286, 123.045, 45, 76, 19.299
10) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway Insurance Chevrolet, 0.142, 18.287, 123.038, 61, 101, 19.276
11) William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 0.163, 18.308, 122.897, 35, 64, 18.538
12) Joey Logano, No. 22 Pennzoil Ford, 0.165, 18.310, 122.884, 45, 100, 19.091
13) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 0.189, 18.334, 122.723, 39, 76, 65.755
14) Carson Hocevar #, No. 77 NASCAR Day Giveathon Chevrolet, 0.192, 18.337, 122.703, 43, 89, 19.045
15) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 0.200, 18.345, 122.649, 56, 76, 18.833
16) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford, 0.214, 18.359, 122.556, 2, 87, 19.074
17) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Busch Light Flannel Chevrolet, 0.217, 18.362, 122.536, 47, 87, 19.155
18) AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 LeafFilter / Campers Inn RV Chevrolet, 0.227, 18.372, 122.469, 43, 61, 19.141
19) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger Health/Icy Hot Chevrolet, 0.234, 18.379, 122.422, 52, 99, 19.169
20) Tyler Reddick, No. 45 The Beast Unleashed Toyota, 0.235, 18.380, 122.416, 43, 79, 19.107
21) Ryan Preece, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 0.244, 18.389, 122.356, 33, 61, 150.531
22) Austin Cindric, No. 2 Keystone Light Ford, 0.260, 18.405, 122.249, 39, 81, 19.067
23) John Hunter Nemechek, No. 42 Dollar Tree Toyota, 0.282, 18.427, 122.103, 55, 89, 19.304
24) Kaz Grala #, No. 15 Remixers.com/Xemex Ford, 0.304, 18.449, 121.958, 38, 89, 19.277
25) Kevin Harvick, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 0.314, 18.459, 121.892, 43, 88, 19.205
26) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 0.321, 18.466, 121.846, 50, 78, 18.865
27) Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Poppy Bank Chevrolet, 0.327, 18.472, 121.806, 30, 64, 19.084
28) Noah Gragson, No. 10 Overstock.com Ford, 0.333, 18.478, 121.766, 47, 106, 19.060
29) Justin Haley, No. 51 Pinnacle Home Improvement Ford, 0.349, 18.494, 121.661, 6, 82, 18.948
30) Austin Dillon, No. 3 SENIX Chevrolet, 0.355, 18.500, 121.622, 4, 71, 19.514
31) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Ford, 0.359, 18.504, 121.595, 54, 118, 19.041
32) Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford, 0.404, 18.549, 121.300, 7, 74, 19.053
33) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Nexlizet Ford, 0.405, 18.550, 121.294, 41, 71, 19.061
34) Erik Jones, No. 43 Family Dollar Toyota, 0.406, 18.551, 121.287, 3, 57, 18.893
35) Zane Smith #, No. 71 Focused Health Chevrolet, 0.409, 18.554, 121.268, 43, 88, 19.119
36) Harrison Burton, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford, 0.524, 18.669, 120.521, 8, 91, 19.071
37) Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 AAA Road Fest Ford, 1.429, 19.574, 114.948, 7, 33, 20.045

Starting Line Up: NASCAR All-Star Open, North Wilkesboro Speedway 
Pos, Driver, Car
1) Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota
2) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet
3) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford
4) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Alltroo Toyota
5) Noah Gragson, No. 10 Overstock.com Ford
6) Austin Cindric, No. 2 Keystone Light Ford
7) Josh Berry #, No. 4 Harrison's Ford
8) Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford
9) John Hunter Nemechek, No. 42 Dollar Tree Toyota
10) Carson Hocevar #, No. 77 NASCAR Day Giveathon Chevrolet
11) Erik Jones, No. 43 Family Dollar Toyota
12) Ryan Preece, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford
13) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Gainbridge Chevrolet
14) Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Poppy Bank Chevrolet
15) Austin Dillon, No. 3 SENIX Chevrolet
16) Justin Haley, No. 51 Pinnacle Home Improvement Ford
17) Harrison Burton, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford
18) Kaz Grala #, No. 15 Remixers.com/Xemex Ford
19) Zane Smith #, No. 71 Focused Health Chevrolet
20) Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 AAA Road Fest Ford

Track Race Record: Geoff Bodine, 10/05/92, 2:19:43 107.36 mph

Qualifying Results (Qualifying cancelled due to rain, starting positions determined by rules)
Pos, Driver, Car, Time Behind, Best Time, Best Speed
1) Austin Dillon, No. 3 SENIX Chevrolet, ---, 18.299 sec, 122.958 mph
2) Justin Haley, No. 51 Pinnacle Home Improvement Ford, 0.079 sec, 18.378, 122.429
3) Ryan Preece, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 0.094, 18.393, 122.329
4) Austin Cindric, No. 2 Keystone Light Ford, 0.095, 18.394, 122.322
5) Kaz Grala, No. 15 Remixers.com/Xemex Ford, 0.099, 18.398, 122.296
6) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Alltroo Toyota, 0.106, 18.405, 122.249
7) Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford, 0.112, 18.411, 122.21
8) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford, 0.14, 18.439, 122.024
9) Harrison Burton, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford, 0.154, 18.453, 121.931
10) Carson Hocevar, No. 77 NASCAR Day Giveathon Chevrolet, 0.166, 18.465, 121.852
11) Zane Smith, No. 71 Focused Health Chevrolet, 0.168, 18.467, 121.839
12) Josh Berry, No. 4 Harrison's Ford, 0.233, 18.532, 121.412
13) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 0.255, 18.554, 121.268
14) Corey Lajoie, No. 7 Gainbridge Chevrolet, 0.292, 18.591, 121.026
15) Erik Jones, No. 43 Family Dollar Toyota, 0.345, 18.644, 120.682
16) John Hunter Nemechek, No. 42 Dollar Tree Toyota, 0.374, 18.673, 120.495
17) Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Poppy Bank Chevrolet, 0.437, 18.736, 120.09
18) Noah Gragson, No. 10 Overstock.com Ford, 0.609, 18.908, 118.997
19) Timmy Hill, No. 66 AAA Road Fest Ford, 1.219, 19.518, 115.278
20) Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, 7.321, 25.62, 87.822

John Davison

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

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