Chase Briscoe qualified third at 94.106 mph, leading three Stewart-Haas Racing cars in the top 10. Denny Hamlin will roll off fourth and Kyle Larson, the only Chevrolet to start in the top 10, qualified fifth.
Ryan Blaney will roll of as the first playoff driver outside the top 10, starting in 11th. Blaney, who enters the race just above the playoff cut, lines up beside Aric Almirola, who just announced he will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2024.
Just behind this pair, Ross Chastain returns to the site of his viral Hail Melon move from 2022, starting 13th. Chase Elliott will start 14th, in need of a win if he wants to advance the No. 9 Chevrolet into the owner’s championship for Hendrick Motorsports.
Tyler Reddick’s first lap showed enough speed to start the No. 45 in 19th. While slowest of the playoff cars, Reddick made a mistake chasing more speed on his second lap. In turns 3 and 4, Reddick’s Toyota jumped sideways, eventually spinning all the way around.
Reddick does not need to win on Sunday, but he enters 10 points behind the cut line. Toyota teammates Hamlin and Truex need to make up 17 points to the cut. Buescher will need to win to advance to the Championship 4.
The Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway will run on Oct. 29. The Round of 8 concludes, starting at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.
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