William Byron wins pole at Homestead

William Byron claimed his first pole of the season and will lead the field to the green in Sunday’s Cup playoff race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Byron won the most recent Cup race at Homestead in Feb. 2021. Byron’s pole is his first since last year at the Indy road course with a lap of 166.389 mph.

Christopher Bell (166.139 mph) joins Byron on the front row. Both Byron and Bell are below the cutline entering this race. Byron is six points behind Denny Hamlin, who holds the final transfer spot. Bell is 23 points behind Hamlin, who qualified 14th.

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Chase Elliott (166.133) qualified third. John Hunter Nemechek, who has replaced the suspended Bubba Wallace this weekend, qualified a career-best fourth after a lap of 165.980 mph.

Kyle Larson qualified fifth at 165.894 mph. Ty Gibbs qualified a career-best sixth. 165.868 mph.

Ross Chastain has the worst starting spot among the remaining playoff drivers. He’ll start 20th.

Sunday’s race is at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Countdown to Green begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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