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Aric Almirola Surprises In Nashville, Wins NASCAR Cup Series Pole

Aric Almirola and his early run on a cooler Nashville Superspeedway won the pole for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday.

Almirola, with a time of 29.557 seconds at 161.992 MPH, was the second car to attempt a time and laid down his top lap. The No. 10 Ford has struggled mightily this season (28th in points) after making the playoffs each of the last three seasons.

Several cars slipped and slid through the corners as the session progressed, with the track heating up. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Tyler Reddick all had to regain control of their cars after sliding through turns 1 and 2.

Kyle Busch, the Xfinity Series winner at Nashville on Saturday, will start second. Joey Logano and William Byron will start on the second row.

The Cup Series race is scheduled for green flag around 2:45 p.m. CT from Nashville Superspeedway, with the broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

Ally 400 starting lineup

Row 1

1. Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

2. Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Row 2

3. Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

4. William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Row 3

5. Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

6. Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Row 4

7. Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

8. Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Row 5

9. Erik Jones, No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet

10. Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford

Row 6

11. Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford

12. Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Row 7

13. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

Row 8

15. Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Team Penske Ford

16. Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Row 9

17. Chris Buescher, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

18. Anthony Alfredo, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

Row 10

19. Ross Chastain, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

20. Ryan Preece, No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

Row 11

21. Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota

22. Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Toyota

Row 12

23. Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

24. Corey Lajoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

Row 13

25. Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

26. Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Row 14

27. Justin Haley, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

28. Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Row 15

29. Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

30. Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

Row 16

31. BJ McLeod, No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford

32. JJ Yeley, No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

Row 17

33. Chad Finchum, No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota

34. Josh Bilicki, No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford

Row 18

35. Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

36. Garrett Smithley, No. 53 Rick Ware Racing Ford

Row 19

37. Joey Gase, No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

38. David Starr, No. 13 Motorsports Business Management Toyota

Row 20

39. Quin Houff, No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet


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