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Aric Almirola Secures 2nd Superspeedway Cup Pole at Talladega

Aric Almirola put up the fastest time at Talladega Superspeedway to win the pole for the YellaWood 500. His lap of 181.652 mph put the No. 10 Ford on the point for Sunday’s playoff race (Oct. 1). This is the third straight superspeedway pole for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Joey Logano secured Ford’s fourth consecutive front-row lockout with a speed of 181.642 mph. Chase Briscoe‘s Talladega Nights-themed Ford qualified third at 181.652 mph.

The first non-Ford to see the green flag will be Kyle Larson‘s blue-and-white Chevrolet in fourth, just ahead of Brad Keselowski‘s Blue Oval in fifth.

As he did in Daytona International Speedway, part-time rookie Riley Herbst qualified sixth. Austin Cindric will line up seventh beside last week’s winner William Byron in eighth.

Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney round out the top 10.

Seven of the playoff drivers missed the final round. Denny Hamlin and Tyler Reddick line up nose-to-tail in 12th and 14th, while Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr. start next to each other in 15th and 16th.

Chris Buescher starts 24th with Kyle Busch, who won the spring race at Talladega, in 25th. Ross Chastain posted the slowest lap of the playoff drivers and will line up 32nd.

Carson Hocevar went out on the track but did not complete a lap after the car shut off while the No. 42 got up to speed. With 38 cars entered in the race, there are no DNQs for Sunday’s event.

Cup Series Starting Lineup at Talladega

The YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will start at 2 p.m. ET on Oct. 1 (Sunday). The second race in the Round of 12 will air on NBC.

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There won’t be that many Fords in the top 10 at the end of the demo derby in the last 20 laps of the product.


An interesting aspect of the day was Marty Snider’s pre-qualifying interview with Almirola, in which he stated that this was Almirola’s last superspeedway race and got no denial. The broadcast both later brought this up and tried to discuss it, but Dale Jr. decided to blunder in at that moment with comments that had nothing to do with a potentially breaking story. Note to Dale Jr: please try shutting up now and then.


I have to admit I never saw Almirola’s pole run coming.

But my biggest surprise has to be Chastaine coming in at 32nd.

He’s been putting up really good numbers at Dega, with no DNF’s.

I see this starting position as pretty troubling, for a couple of reasons.

We don’t really know what the deal was, but man, that car was slow.

Even a slow car can maintain in the pack, but it limits the ability to make moves that they can make.

Trackhouse has been able to deliver fast cars, & they might have already found something to rectify that situation.

But if not, he’ll be racing towards the back, where the accidents tend to start, & the nature of pack racing means they’re hard to avoid.

Fingers crossed, but his hard-earned points cushion could disappear in the blink of an eye, & he pretty much sucks at the Roval.


Why does NA$CAR start allow this event to start at 1 pm local time?


NBC has Sunday Night Football!!!!! If Brian’s product was delayed due to weather which would be televised?

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