Paul Menard had speed through the entire practice session leading the first round and the round that mattered the most, the last one. Menard was able to earn his second career pole and first pole in 10 years, his last came at Daytona in 2008. Menard edged technical teammate Ryan Blaney for the top spot. The second place start is Blaney’s fourth front row start of 2018.
“My guys did a hell of a job today,” said Menard. “We weren’t very good in practice. We did a mock run that was so loose that we had to abort it and never really got a true mock run. We had speed and all through those rounds we got a little too loose in round two and we adjusted for it. Round three drove like rails. It was good.”
The Ford’s of Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Brad Keselowski qualified sixth through eighth. William Byron, the second of two Chevrolet’s, qualified ninth while the Toyota’s of Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top 12.
Polesitter Menard was the best qualifying drivers who had just competed in the XFINITY race. Elliott (3rd), Suarez (11th), Kevin Harvick (13th), Kyle Larson (20th), Ross Chastain (31st), BJ McLeod (37th), and Timmy Hill (39th) are all the drivers who had competed in the XFINITY Race before.
NASCAR America prerace will go live on NBCSN at Noon/ET tomorrow. The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Countdown to Green goes live on NBCSN at 2 p.m./ET while the race follows at 2:30 pm/E.T.
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