The pole was his third at Dover and his second of the season.
The 2 drivers who’ve seized management of the Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection Playoff continued their domination in Friday’s knockout qualifying session at Dover Worldwide Speedway.
Navigating the Monster Mile in 22.407 seconds (160.664 mph) within the ultimate spherical, Martin Truex Jr. edged Kyle Busch (160.392 mph) for the highest beginning spot in Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 (on NBCSN at 2 p.m. ET), the elimination race within the Playoff’s Spherical of 16.
Truex received his second Coors Mild Pole Award of the season, his third at Dover—the closest facility to his Mayetta, New Jersey residence city—and the 14th of his profession. Winner of a series-best 5 races this season, Truex will begin on the entrance row for the ninth time this season.
“We simply type of chased it somewhat bit—chased the stability—and I believed we had been fairly shut on the finish of follow,” Truex mentioned. “We hit it fairly shut for Spherical 1 (of qualifying) and tweaked on it somewhat from there.
“We put collectively an honest lap for Spherical 1, and the blokes did an superior job all day. So actually pleased with them, and I’m trying ahead to getting some extra bonus factors.
With a victory a Chicagoland Speedway within the opening occasion of the Playoff, Truex already has locked up a spot within the Spherical of 12. His 19 stage wins and 59 Playoff factors each are tops within the sequence.
Going for his third straight qualifying sweep, Busch was quickest within the first and second rounds however fell quick within the third. With final Sunday’s victory at New Hampshire, Busch is also assured a spot within the Spherical of 12.
“It was run for us,” mentioned Busch, whose lap at 160.800 mph within the second spherical was the quickest of the day. “I believed the primary two rounds, clearly, we confirmed actually good pace—in all probability used up somewhat an excessive amount of tire in Spherical 2, and I simply wasn’t capable of comply with by way of in that third spherical and get a fast sufficient time to carry off Martin…
“However I’m excited to have a Toyota entrance row, and we’ll go race ‘em on Sunday.”
Kyle Busch had received the poles for the final two races and was quickest in each of the primary two rounds Friday.
With Kyle Larson qualifying third and Matt Kenseth fourth, Playoff drivers swept the highest 4 spots, and Toyota drivers claimed 5 of the highest six. Daniel Suarez will begin fifth, adopted by Playoff driver Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who posted his first single-digit qualifying effort since successful the pole at Daytona in July.
After posting the third quickest time in Friday’s opening follow, 11-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson certified a disappointing 17th and didn’t advance to the ultimate spherical.
“The monitor modified somewhat greater than we adjusted for is actually what it boils right down to,” Johnson mentioned. “We felt prefer it was going to try this and made an effort at it and simply didn’t go far sufficient.”
Nonetheless, Johnson has unwavering confidence in his No. 48 Chevrolet below race situations.
“Yeah, the nice factor is simply how briskly the automotive was off the truck,” mentioned Johnson, who’s in search of an unprecedented eighth sequence championship. “I do know relating to race time we shall be high quality right here. Qualifying for me is qualifying, so we had pace this morning, and I do know it’s in there.”
Of the drivers preventing from the underside of the Playoff standings for the ultimate positions within the Spherical of 12, Ryan Newman had the most effective effort in time trials, qualifying eighth. Relative to the sphere, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. improved over follow and secured the 15th place on the grid.
Austin Dillon, at present tied with Stenhouse for the 12th and ultimate place within the subsequent spherical, will begin 23rd, whereas Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne—each of who probably will want a victory to advance from their respective 15th and 16th positions within the standings—certified 13th and 21st, respectively.
“We simply didn’t have the rotation we wanted to type of end off the tip of the nook,” Dillon mentioned. “It’s robust. We’ve been not that nice since we unloaded. We’ll preserve engaged on it although. Often, the race involves us much more than qualifying does.”
The pole was his third at Dover and his second of the season.
Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection Qualifying outcomes Apache Warrior 400 offered by Lucas Oil
Dover Worldwide Speedway
Friday, September 29, 2017
1. (78) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 160.664 mph.
2. (18) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 160.392 mph.
three. (42) Kyle Larson (P), Chevrolet, 159.986 mph.
four. (20) Matt Kenseth (P), Toyota, 159.972 mph.
5. (19) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 159.893 mph.
6. (11) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 159.759 mph.
7. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 159.688 mph.
eight. (31) Ryan Newman (P), Chevrolet, 159.454 mph.
9. (four) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 159.208 mph.
10. (77) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 159.137 mph.
11. (21) Ryan Blaney (P), Ford, 159.025 mph.
12. (24) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 158.730 mph.
13. (41) Kurt Busch (P), Ford, 158.667 mph.
14. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 158.667 mph.
15. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P), Ford, 158.555 mph.
16. (2) Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 158.500 mph.
17. (48) Jimmie Johnson (P), Chevrolet, 158.409 mph.
18. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 158.332 mph.
19. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 158.214 mph.
20. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 157.819 mph.
21. (5) Kasey Kahne (P), Chevrolet, 157.763 mph.
22. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 157.715 mph.
23. (three) Austin Dillon (P), Chevrolet, 157.604 mph.
24. (10) Danica Patrick, Ford, 157.zero48 mph.
25. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 157.377 mph.
26. (1) Jamie McMurray (P), Chevrolet, 157.zero48 mph.
27. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 156.938 mph.
28. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 156.481 mph.
29. (13) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 156.264 mph.
30. (95) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 155.844 mph.
31. (34) Landon Cassill, Ford, 154.434 mph.
32. (15) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 153.152 mph.
33. (72) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 153.068 mph.
34. (83) Brett Moffitt(i), Toyota, 152.905 mph.
35. (66) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 151.835 mph.
36. (51) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 149.334 mph.
37. (23) Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 148.920 mph.
38. (33) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 148.810 mph.
39. (55) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 18.775 mph.
40. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, zero.000 mph.
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