William Byron won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday (Oct. 22), going 166.389 mph in qualifying.
His lap time of 32.454 seconds edged out Christopher Bell by just under five-hundredths of a second. It’s Byron’s first pole of the year and eighth of his career. He’s six points below the cut line heading into Homestead.
Byron’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott slots in third behind Byron and Bell. John Hunter Nemechek, who’s running in place of the suspended Bubba Wallace, got loose on his lap in turn 4 and ended up fourth quickest. Earlier in the morning, Nemechek was fastest overall in Cup practice. A third Hendrick driver, Kyle Larson, rounds out the top five. Larson brushed the wall during practice but the damage was not severe.
The Dixie Vodka 400 airs Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
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