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Christopher Bell on Pole for Cup Race at New Hampshire

Christopher Bell led an all-Joe Gibbs Racing front row as he won the pole for Sunday’s (July 16) NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 2022 NHMS race winner notched his first pole of 2023 and sixth of his Cup career. He’ll look to add to a JGR resume that includes an average finish of 1.5 here in just two starts running the No. 20 Toyota.

Bell’s speed of 124.781 mph topped teammate Martin Truex Jr. for the top spot.

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Truex had to settle for the outside of the front row, still seeking his first NHMS victory. 2021 NHMS winner Aric Almirola qualified third with Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney completing the top five on Sunday’s grid.

Tyler Reddick qualified sixth and William Byron, suffering from power steering issues, ran seventh. Bubba Wallace, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-10 qualifiers.

Further back, Kyle Busch will start in the rear of the field (36th) after damaging his car in practice and hitting the wall on his final round qualifying lap.

Truex and Logano ran the fastest laps during the first qualifying rounds (Groups A and B). Logano ran the fastest overall time during the two rounds.

With only 36 drivers entered, all will start on Sunday as the 40-car grid remains four entries short.

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Television coverage for Sunday’s Crayon 301 at NHMS begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.

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