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Christopher Bell Leads Charge to Las Vegas Pole

LAS VEGAS — Christopher Bell continues to set the pace in NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.

Photo by Dominic Aragon/TRE

Bell laid down a 29.980-second lap-time (186.335 mph) Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to capture the pole for Sunday’s South Point 400. It is his sixth pole of 2023 and fourth of the 2023 playoffs.

Bell now has 10 career NASCAR Cup Series poles, all since the start of 2022, and leads all drivers for poles in the Gen 7 car.

“We’ve done really well,” Bell said to The Racing Experts in reference to that. “My engineer, my crew chief, do a great job of getting my balance close.”

Photo by Dominic Aragon/TRE

Bell will start alongside playoff driver Kyle Larson (28.990 seconds) on the front row.

William Byron (P), Martin Truex Jr. (P), and Chris Buescher (P) rounded out the Top-5 qualifiers.

Other Playoff drivers
8th – Tyler Reddick
12th – Ryan Blaney
15th – Denny Hamlin

The South Point 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m. ET. Tune in on NBC, PRN affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

(P) – indicates playoff driver

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