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Tyler Reddick Takes Bank of America ROVAL 400 Pole

Tyler Reddick will lead the field to the green flag at the Charlotte ROVAL. Reddick, who enters the weekend just two points below the cut line, took the best seat in the house with a lap of 102.839 mph in the second round of qualifying.

Christopher Bell completes a Toyota front row with a time of 102.695 mph. Daniel Suarez is the first non-playoff driver, qualifying third at 102.603 mph. 

Bubba Wallace and Kyle Busch round out the top-five. AJ Allmendinger qualified sixth in the second round after posting the fastest lap overall in the first round.

Chase Elliott and Joey Logano will start seventh and eighth, while Denny Hamlin and Ty Gibbs line up ninth and 10th after not posting laps in round two.

Hamlin had a quick lap going, but the driver of the No. 11 pushed the car too deep into the braking zone for the backstretch chicane and spun sideways, catching air over the large blue turtles.

Hamlin sat sideways in the middle of the chicane, and the car would not fire.  NASCAR threw the red flag with 54 seconds left in the round, ultimately ending the round. Gibbs, who was also on the track, was not able to complete a lap.

Just missing out on the top 10, Martin Truex Jr. and Ross Chastain will line up 11th and 12th. William Byron and Ryan Blaney, both already locked into the Round of 8, are the next two playoff drivers in 14th and 17th.

RFK Racing teammates line up next to each other with Brad Keselowski in 19th and Chris Buescher in 20th. Keselowski narrowly sits above the cut line entering tomorrow’s event.

Kyle Larson, who enters Charlotte seventh in the standings, had trouble near the end of practice. Exiting the infield portion of the course, Larson made heavy contact with the right front of his car into the outside wall of the quad-oval.

The cars of Larson, as well as Ty Dillon, who had crashed earlier in the practice session, were seen riding on the back of flatbed trucks in unusual fashion. Both teams are going to backup cars, so the teams are taking the primary cars back to their team shops for the switch. Larson’s car will also receive a new engine and transaxle due to damage.

NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 Starting Lineup

The Bank of America 400 will start at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 8. The last race of the Round of 12 will air on NBC.

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I began sports writing in 2023 with The Liberty Champion, where I officially covered my first NASCAR race at Richmond in the spring. While there, I met some of the guys from Frontstretch, and I joined the video editing team after I graduated from Liberty University with degrees in Strategic Communications and Sports Journalism. I currently work full-time as a Multi-Media Journalist with LEX 18 News in Lexington, Kentucky and contribute to Frontstretch with writing and video editing. I'm also behind-the-scenes or on camera for the Happy Hour Podcast, live every Tuesday night at 7:30!

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