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Christopher Bell Wins 1st Career Cup Series Pole for Pennzoil 400

It took 75 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series, but Christopher Bell is finally a Busch Light pole award winner. He ran a lap of 182.673 mph (29.561 seconds) for Sunday’s (March 6) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In his post-qualifying interview, Bell said “That’s pretty cool, I haven’t got to qualify very much in my Cup career. I’ll tell you what, that’s a hell of a lot more fun than qualifying in 550 (hp) package though.

“I feel really good about our DeWalt Camry, that’s for sure. In practice it took probably two runs to get the balance where I was comfortable, but I knew our first run out we were pretty competitive. Really happy with where we’re at, I love Las Vegas. Wish it was going to be a little bit warmer so we could slide around a little bit more but Vegas always puts on a great race.”

Rounding out the remainder of the fast 10 in qualifying are Kyle Larson, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon.

See also
Kyle Busch Wrecks Car, Kyle Larson Tops Pennzoil 400 Practice

Bell is the second driver to win their first career Cup Series pole this season. The first came last week at Auto Club Speedway when Cindric won the pole off the heels of his Daytona 500 triumph.

Cup Starting Lineup for Las Vegas

FOX will have coverage of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Sunday, March 6 starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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