NSCS: Alex Bowman Claims First Ever Sprint Cup Pole at Phoenix

Alex Bowman will start on the pole in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Bowman, subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is sitting out for the remainder of the season for a concussion, will start on the pole for the first time of his Sprint Cup Series career.

Bowman posted a 25.619, 140.521 mph. when the final round of qualifying ended. The young driver finished round one in fourth and the second round in seventh. His previous best start came at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October where he qualified second.

Kyle Larson will roll off second in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet. Larson posted a 25.666, 140.263 mph. in the final round of qualifying. The California native finished the first and second rounds sitting in third.

Chase Elliott will start third in his No. 24 Chevrolet. Elliott posted a 25.671, 140.236 mph. in the final round.

Joey Logano, who will start fourth, will be the highest starting Chase for the Sprint Cup driver on Sunday. Logano ended the second round as the fastest driver.

Kevin Harvick, one of the drivers that everyone will be watching on Sunday, will start in the sixth spot. Harvick ended round one of qualifying sitting atop the leaderboard in the No. 4 Chevrolet. The Sprint Cup veteran enters the weekend in a must-win situation if he wants a shot at the title next weekend at Homestead.

Martin Truex Jr. did not post a time in qualifying as the team struggled getting through technical inspection. The team did eventually pass LIS, but time was running around inside the single digits when they did. 

Top 12 starters:

  1. Alex Bowman
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Austin Dillon
  8. Ryan Blaney
  9. Jamie McMurray
  10. Matt Kenseth
  11. Carl Edwards
  12. Kurt Busch

There were no DNQ’s as 40 drivers appeared on the entry list.

Brett Winningham

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