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Aric Almirola fastest of the dominant Fords in Atlanta qualifying

HAMPTON, Ga. — In a qualifying session full of fast Fords, Aric Almirola was the fastest, winning his first pole of the NASCAR Cup Series season.

Almirola posted a lap of 31.261 seconds Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, averaging 177.346 MPH.

Almirola outpaced Ryan Blaney by 0.014 seconds for his fifth career Cup Series pole.

Chase Briscoe (-0.035 secs.), Joey Logano (-0.083 secs), Harrison Burton (-0.096 secs) and Kevin Harvick (-0.112 secs) nailed down Ford’s domination of the top six starting spots.

Ty Gibbs (-0.114 secs) and Kyle Larson (-0.127 secs) qualified seventh and eighth. They were the only two non-Ford drivers who made the final round.

Todd Gilliland (-0.143 secs) and Austin Cindric (-0.221 secs) rounded out the top 10 in their Ford entries.

The Quaker State 400 is scheduled for Sunday, July 9 at 7 p.m. ET.

The rest of the lineup is as follows, from 11th to 37th:

  • Brad Keselowski
  • Tyler Reddick
  • Ryan Preece
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Chris Buescher
  • Martin Truex Jr.
  • Justin Haley
  • William Byron
  • A.J. Allmendinger
  • Michael McDowell
  • Cole Custer
  • Kyle Busch
  • Chase Elliott
  • J.J. Yeley
  • Erik Jones
  • Daniel Suarez
  • Ty Dillon
  • Corey LaJoie
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • Ross Chastain
  • Noah Gragson
  • Austin Hill
  • Austin Dillon
  • Christopher Bell
  • B.J. McLeod
  • Alex Bowman
  • Bubba Wallace

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