Chase Elliott wins Talladega pole as Hendrick goes 1-2-3-4

For the second time this season, Hendrick Motorsports posted the four fastest times in NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.

Chase Elliott’s average lap speed of 192.707 mph led the way on Saturday and handed him the pole for Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

“We had a really fast (car) there. It was really faster than I was expecting it to be today, which is nice,” said Elliott, who won the spring race at Talladega. “Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) and our team do such a good job at these places; really, Hendrick, as a whole, and our body shop and our engine shop doing the job that they do coming to these places and have fast race cars and really, it’s kind of on them. 

“I’m really proud of the effort. It was a tough week last week, obviously, so it’s just nice to come back and get a pole. Obviously, it’s a long race and anything can happen. So, we’ve got to take advantage of a good pit pick and we’ll go to work from there and see what happens.”  

The pole is his fourth this season, eighth of his career and fifth on a superspeedway.

His three HMS teammates will fill the first two rows of the field.

Alex Bowman ended up second (192.552 mph), William Byron third (192.248 mph) and Jimmie Johnson was fourth (191.566 mph). Aric Almirola completed the top-five.

The four Hendrick drivers also posted the four fastest speeds in qualifying for the season opening Daytona 500, when Byron won the pole.

Rounding out Sunday’s top-10 starters are Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano.

Before Denny Hamlin could complete his first qualifying lap, he pulled off the track and took his No. 11 Toyota directly to the garage. 

After an evaluation by his team, Hamlin said the engine blew. Either way, he will start Sunday’s race from the rear of the field.

Cla#DriverManufacturerTimeGapMph
19 Chase Elliott Chevrolet49.692 192.707
288 Alex Bowman Chevrolet49.7320.040192.552
324 William Byron Chevrolet49.8080.116192.258
448 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet49.9880.296191.566
510 Aric Almirola Ford49.9920.30191.551
62 Brad Keselowski Ford50.0070.315191.493
717 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford50.0530.361191.317
814 Clint Bowyer Ford50.0550.363191.310
912 Ryan Blaney Ford50.0780.386191.222
1022 Joey Logano Ford50.1300.438191.023
1120 Erik Jones Toyota50.1790.487190.837
1242 Kyle Larson Chevrolet50.1950.503190.776
136 Ryan Newman Ford50.2230.531190.670
1421 Paul Menard Ford50.2640.572190.514
154 Kevin Harvick Ford50.3150.623190.321
1636 Matt Tifft Ford50.3160.624190.317
1738 David Ragan Ford50.3410.649190.223
1819 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota50.4520.760189.804
1941 Daniel Suarez Ford50.4810.789189.695
203 Austin Dillon Chevrolet50.5670.875189.373
2113 Ty Dillon Chevrolet50.5770.885189.335
2234 Michael McDowell Ford50.5940.902189.271
2337 Chris Buescher Chevrolet50.6160.924189.189
241 Kurt Busch Chevrolet50.6560.964189.040
2500 Landon Cassill Chevrolet50.7501.058188.690
2618 Kyle Busch Toyota50.7761.084188.593
2743 Darrell Wallace Jr. Chevrolet50.8631.171188.270
2862 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet50.8731.181188.233
298 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet50.8811.189188.204
3047 Ryan Preece Chevrolet51.0111.319187.724
3195 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota51.1761.484187.119
3296 Parker Kligerman Toyota51.9562.264184.310
3332 Corey Lajoie Ford52.0022.310184.147
3415 Ross Chastain Chevrolet52.3242.632183.014
3577Jones Blake Chevrolet52.4072.715182.724
3666 Joey Gase Toyota53.1013.409180.336
3751 Austin Theriault Ford53.2273.535179.909
3827 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet53.4713.779179.088
3952 Spencer Boyd Chevrolet54.4044.712176.016
4011 Denny Hamlin Toyota  

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