Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had the fastest lap in the second round of single-car qualifying. He will lead the field to green this Sunday in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
This makes his 2nd career pole, running the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in his 158th series start, and his 3rd top 10 start of 2017.
Stenhouse said, "It’ll be nice to lead the field to green here, The guys worked really, really hard on these cars. Jimmy Fennig has done a great job on these speedway cars. Doug Yates builds awesome horsepower. It’s a cool way to start the weekend. I’m ready to get to Sunday."
Stenhouse also said, "There’s a lot of difference, The culture at our shop is just different. The guys want to work there. They want to show up to work and work harder. They’re seeing that working harder is making different results for us, so it’s been a blast for Trevor Bayne and myself to drive these race cars each week."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will line up on the outside of the front row in this Sunday’s race, this is his 16th top 10 start in 34 career races at Talladega.
Earnhardt said, "Yeah I’m pretty happy. Great lap by Ricky and the Roush guys. They did a really good job today, Thrilled with our car, good speed and it would have been nice to get a pole. The Hendrick guys have been doing a great job. We always kind of come down here and find ourselves with an opportunity for the pole."
Four time Talladega winner Brad Keselowski will start from the 3rd starting position along with Matt Kenseth and Trevor Bayne starting out in the top five spots.
Keselowski said, "A good effort for the team, Qualifying up front means that you have a fast car. To run a time that we did makes your feel like you have a car that will run up front and challenge for a win."
Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, Paul Menard and Kyle Busch will make up the top 10 starting spots.Harvick said, "I think for us the Ford program has turned our superspeedway program around and in a different direction, We’ve changed some things that we do in the shop and it’s made a big difference.” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kyle Larson will start 21st this Sunday. Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson starts off a dismal 30th DJ Kennington failed to qualify for the 500-mile, 188-lap main event this Sunday.
live coverage of Sun.'s GEICO 500, begins at 1 p.m. ET