Martin Truex Jr. wins pole for Sunday's Cup Series race at Darlington
Martin Truex Jr. will lead the NASCAR Cup Series field to the green flag for Sunday’s Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) after winning the pole in Saturday’s qualifying session with a hot lap of 169.409 mph.
It’s Truex’s first pole at the South Carolina race track and the 21st in his Cup Series career.
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Bubba Wallace will join Truex on the front row after a 169.339 mph lap. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., William Byron and Ross Chastain made up the top five. Daniel Suárez, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top 10 in the starting lineup for Sunday.
Four of the five fastest laps in the two 20-minute practice sessions came from Chevrolet with Chase Elliott topping the charts with a 168.232 mph lap. Erik Jones, William Byron, the lone non-Chevy Tyler Reddick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed the top five.
The quick single laps translated to long-run pace for Byron (163.704 mph), Elliott (163.587 mph) and Stenhouse (163.206 mph) as they also found themselves in the top five of 10 consecutive lap averages.
Last year’s spring Darlington winner Joey Logano struggled to find pace Saturday as he was 19th in single-lap speed (164.904 mph) and 20th in 10 consecutive lap average (162.263 mph).