Truex claims pole at Richmond


By Dominic Aragon

April 20, 2018


Martin Truex Jr. will lead the field to the green in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.


Truex posted a time of 21.799 seconds (123.859 mph) in the final round of qualifying Friday at Richmond, good enough for his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole of 2018.


This is the 2017 championss 18th career MENCS pole, tying Truex with Donnie Allison, Joe Weatherly and Lee Petty for 45th with all-time poles.


Chase Elliott qualified second. Rounding out the top five are defending race winner Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.


Points leader Kyle Busch will start 32nd.


Live television coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 will be on FOX Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET.


STARTING LINEUP:

1) No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.
2) No. 9 Chase Elliott
3) No. 22 Joey Logano
4) No. 11 Denny Hamlin
5) No. 42 Kyle Larson
6) No. 41 Kurt Busch
7) No. 20 Erik Jones
8) No. 1 Jamie McMurray
9) No. 24 William Byron
10) No. 4 Kevin Harvick
11) No. 88 Alex Bowman
12) No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
13) No. 12 Ryan Blaney
14) No. 31 Ryan Newman
15) No. 38 David Ragan
16) No. 14 Clint Bowyer
17) No. 48 Jimmie Johnson
18) No. 43 Darrell Wallace Jr.
19) No. 37 Chris Buescher
20) No. 21 Paul Menard
21) No. 6 Trevor Bayne
22) No. 8 Daniel Hemric
23) No. 3 Austin Dillon
24) No. 34 Michael McDowell
25) No. 10 Aric Almirola
26) No. 19 Daniel Suarez
27) No. 32 Matt DiBenedetto
28) No. 2 Brad Keselowski
29) No. 95 Kasey Kahne
30) No. 15 Ross Chastain
31) No. 13 Ty Dillon
32) No. 18 Kyle Busch
33) No. 47 A.J. Allmendinger
34) No. 23 Gray Gaulding
35) No. 72 Cole Whitt

36) No. 00 Landon Cassill

37) No. 55 Reed Sorenson

38) No. 51 Harrison Rhodes


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SOURCES Racing-Reference.info