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Clint Bowyer Captures Cup Series Pole at Las Vegas, Stewart-Haas Racing Sweeps the Front Rows

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.

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.

Further back, Erik Jones was the slowest of the 16 playoff drivers, qualifying a distant 26th. No Toyotas will start inside the top 10; Denny Hamlin was the fastest of the group in 13th.

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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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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You forgot to mention bubba, your close to being fired for that. He starts 31st

Bill B

How long will it take for Clint to spin out? Wonder what the over/under is in Vegas?


Then again, he led 222/300 laps last time he was on the pole at NHIS in 2007.


Did Clint win ! How many laps did he lead ! Bonus points ! Yeeehaw, qualifying means everything huh frontstretch.

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