CONCORD, N.C— Clint Bowyer will start from the pole in today’s Monster Energy Open from Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is Bowyer’s first career open pole
In the first round of qualifying, Bowyer posted the fastest speed at 188.765 mph. Ryan Blaney was second fastest at 188.646 mph. Erik Jones was third fastest at 188.627 mph. Chase Elliott was fourth fastest at 188.107 mph. Austin Dillon rounded out the top-five by posting a speed of 186.961 mph in the final moments of the opening round. Danica Patrick was in contention to make the top-eight with a speed of 184.427 mph, but the speed of A. Dillon bumped her out of that final round. Michael McDowell and Reed Sorenson were the only two drivers who did not post a speed in qualifying.
The second round of qualifying went green, but the caution flew do to a rogue golf cart going onto the racing surface. Bowyer posted the fastest speed at 189.474 mph. Blaney will start second with his speed of 188.009 mph. Elliott will start third with his speed of 187.859 mph. A. Dillon will start fourth with a speed of 187.487 mph. AJ Allmendinger will start fifth with his speed of 187.285 mph.
The Monster Energy open will be live on Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network at 6:00 p.m. EST.