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Bubba Wallace Earns His & 23XI Racing’s 1st Cup Pole at Michigan

Bubba Wallace snagged the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway Saturday (Aug. 6).

Wallace went 190.703 mph in the second round of qualifying to earn his and 23XI Racing’s first career pole, beating Christopher Bell for the top position.

Bell lines up second next to Wallace, while Kyle Busch and Joey Logano start third and fourth, respectively, in the second row. Austin Cindric rounds out the top five.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course winner Tyler Reddick was sixth quickest in the second round, while Martin Truex Jr. was seventh. Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones complete the top 10 in the lineup.

See also
Michigan Men: Erik Jones, Dave Elenz Head to Home Track

Many drivers commented on their cars being tight throughout both practice and qualifying. However, the Toyotas were able to take six of the top 11 spots in qualifying even while battling ill-handling racecars.

Cup Qualifying Results from Michigan

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Joy Tomlinson

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 watching motorsports 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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They did it! NA$CAR found a way to get Bubba a pole! Now he can get back to his normal finishes.

I think it’s time to change the photo. How about the 23 backing into a wall?


Wow, they got Danica one too. You can’t tell me that bubba was faster than every good racer in cup even just for one lap. No way.


Now Reverend Joe believes it is money well spent (nudge nudge wink wink).


Nascar thanked Joe for the money. Joe is getting old, he thought he got points for a pole.

Dale EarnHog

all of you bubba haters need to do something other than hate on bubba every once in a while.

Sally Baker

Obviously the Nascar crowd isn’t as enlightened or open minded as hoped.


I’m open minded, he is pathetic as a racer, but ok as a driver.

Dale EarnHog

He has the 2nd best average finish in the Cup Series over the last 4 weeks. You realize it’s not healthy to be obsessed with hating a person you’ve never met, right?


Is that like a baseball team losing 4 games in a row by 10 runs or less as they lose 36 in a row?


Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then. I’ll always think of him as the noose guy.

Dale EarnHog

2nd best average finish in the Cup Series over the past 4 races.


And 20th since the start of the year.

Dale EarnHog

It would help if he didn’t have incidents out of his control happen in 15 of the 22 races so far.

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