Stewart-Haas Racing sure brought some lightning-fast Fords to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Clint Bowyer ran the fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s (Sept. 15) South Point 400, part of a 1-2-3-4 sweep for a SHR organization looking to jumpstart their 2019 season.
Bowyer’s fast lap went 178.926 mph, just ahead of Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Daniel Suarez (178.873 mph), Kevin Harvick (178.772 mph) and Aric Almirola (178.501 mph). Starting fifth is Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch, who also posted the final lap speed above 178 mph.
It’s his first pole since the 2007 playoff opener. Anyone remember how that race went? He dominated, en route to his first career win. #NASCAR
— Dustin Albino (el-bee-no) (@DustinAlbino) September 14, 2019
Richard Childress Racing cohorts Daniel Hemric and Austin Dillon will start sixth and seventh on Sunday. They were also the fastest Chevrolets in the field. Behind them, a pair of Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson, qualified eighth and ninth. The final driver who qualified in the top 10 was Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell, who also was the last driver with a lap speed above 177 mph.
Since just 39 cars were entered for the race, all teams qualified who made an attempt. Joey Gase will bring up the rear driving for MBM Motorsports with a time 1.9 seconds slower than pole sitter Bowyer.
Sunday’s South Point 400 will run at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 15 with TV coverage provided by NBCSN.
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