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Chase Briscoe Wins Cup Pole for Regular Season Finale at Daytona

Chase Briscoe won his second NASCAR Cup Series pole in Coke Zero Sugar 400 qualifying at Daytona International Speedway by setting a fastest lap of 181.822 mph.

Briscoe’s first pole came at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in 2022. This is also Stewart Haas Racing’s second pole of the season, with the first coming from Aric Almirola at Atlanta Motor Speedway in July.

Almirola joins his teammate on the front row after being knocked off the pole at the final second.

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Behind them, Harrison Burton earned a career-best starting position of third while the two Toyotas battling for the final transfer spot – Bubba Wallace and Ty Gibbs -completed the top five.

Xfinity regular Riley Herbst qualified a Cup career-best sixth in his No. 36 Monster Energy Ford while driving for Front Row Motorsports with SHR support.

Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Preece and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 10.

Coke Zero Sugar 400 Qualifying Results

The Coke Zero 400 will go green on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. ET. Coverage for the regular season finale will be provided by NBC.

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Bill B

A lot of “need to win” guys in the top 10 starters. This should be a wreckfest as half the field will be taking risks because they have no other options to get in the playoffs. This race should be called “The Coke Hail Mary 400”. The sad part is that if there is a new winner, they will be done after the 1st round anyway.


I think it’ll be two lines until the last 50 miles, The race to the TV timeouts should be interesting. Maybe 4 GWCs? They will need a lot of tow trucks for the end of the event.


Would Denny punt Bubba to get the win?

Bill B

Well, if Bubba is dumb enough to block on the last lap to get the win he gets what he deserves. Your question assumes Bubba will be leading with Denny behind him at the end of the race. Given Bubba’s point position, he would have to be an idiot to jeopardize a top 10 finish guaranteeing him a playoff berth to go for the win. He’d be better off letting Denny by. If it were someone who had not won a race this year then he better block.
Although Johnson did something similar at Charlotte a few years ago trying to win when he just needed to place, and I thought he was an idiot when he veered off the track.


Bubba isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.


I know 😂


Cup: 49.499 181.822

Busch: 49.256 182.719

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