Dillon nabs Talladega pole

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Dillon nabs Talladega pole

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Dillon nabs Talladega pole

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Austin Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro (No. 3 in photo above) will start from the pole in the GEICO 500 after setting the fastest time in the final round of single-car qualifying at Talladega.

The pole-winning speed for Dillon was 192.544 mph (49.734 seconds). The pole is the fifth of Dillon’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, his first at Talladega, and second of the season.

Almirola was quickest in qualifying Round 1 and will share the front row with eventual polewinner Dillon. Image by Thacker/LAT

Joining Dillon on the front row will be last fall’s winner at the Alabama superspeedway, Aric Almirola. The Stewart-Haas Ford Mustang driver, who had been fastest in Round 1, ran a fast lap of 192.131 mph.

Completing the top five were Clint Bowyer (191.723 mph), Brad Keselowski (191.654 mph), and Daniel Hemric (191.436 mph).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (191.378 mph) will start sixth, with Team Penske teammates Ryan Blaney (191.214 mph) and Joey Logano (191.092 mph) clocking in seventh and eighth fastest. Logano is the defending race winner.

Alex Bowman (190.894 mph) and Kyle Larson (190.784 mph) rounded out the top 10. Also advancing to the final round and lining up 11th and 12th were Chase Elliott and Michael McDowell.

The field is impounded going into Sunday’s race as inspection took place before qualifying. Kurt Busch’s car was the only one to encounter trouble. The No. 1 failed twice and Busch’s car chief, Ryan Bergenty, has been ejected for the remainder of the weekend.

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UP NEXT: GEICO 500 at 1 p.m. CT Sunday.

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