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Michael McDowell Wins 2nd Pole of 2024 at Talladega

Michael McDowell placed his No. 34 Love’s Truck Stop Ford on the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series’ Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. McDowell posted the fastest lap of 181.022 mph.

This is McDowell’s second career pole both coming this season. His other pole of the year came at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Austin Cindric picked up from his round one lap by clocking a speed of 181.739 mph to start second tomorrow (April 21). This is Cindric’s best start so far in 2024.

McDowell’s Front Row Motorsports teammate Todd Gilliland will start third, his best starting spot in his career. The Richard Childress Racing duo of Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon completed the top five in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Chris Buescher, last week’s winner Chase Elliott and Christopher Bell rounded out the top 10.

Notably, Kyle Larson did not post a lap due to unapproved adjustments on the roof of his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Larson will start dead last (38th).

All 38 entered drivers made the race, the first of two at Talladega in 2024.

Cup Series Starting Lineup at Talladega

The Cup Series will take the green flag on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. ET. FOX will provide television coverage.

About the author

Wyatt Watson has been an avid fan of NASCAR since 2007 at the age of 8. He joined Frontstretch in February 2023 after serving in the United States Navy for five years as an Electronic Technician Navigation working on submarines. Wyatt writes breaking NASCAR news and contributes to columns such as Friday Faceoff and 2-Headed Monster. Wyatt also contributes to Frontstretch's social media and serves as an at-track reporter.

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