Chevrolet’s NASCAR woes may be over.
After taking a thrilling win in last weekend’s Geico 500 from Talladega, Hendrick Motorsport’s Chase Elliott has taken pole position for Sunday’s Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway.
The No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver put in a 165.960 mph lap, narrowly beating out his Hendrick Motorsports teammate of William Byron, who had a fast lap of 165.555 mph in the No. 24 Camaro.
Kyle Larson made it a 1-2-3 for Chevrolet with a 165.464 mph lap in his Chip Ganassi Racing-prepped No. 42 Camaro.
“Team Hendrick is 1-2, which is awesome. Thanks to Chevrolet power and everybody that contributes to our car, they’ve been working hard,” Elliott said post-session. “Hopefully, we can back it up on Sunday.”
Some drivers were expressing concern about race speeds at Dover following today’s first practice session, which saw 23 drivers in the field break the NASCAR track record of 164.444 mph, which was set in 2014. NASCAR’s new high downforce aero package is the main culprit behind the high lap speeds.
“It is really fast,” Kyle Busch told Motorsport.com. “Probably, I don’t know, probably too fast for here. The faster we tend to go in the middle of the corner doesn’t always produce the best racing. We will see how that translates.”
High ambient temps combined with high track speeds will make for a tough race come Sunday, Elliott is predicting.
“It’s going to be a really tough race so you better eat your Wheaties these next couple days and hydrate because I think Sunday is going to be tough, especially if the sun’s out like it is right now,” Elliott added.
Joey Logano and Alex Bowman rounded out the top five for the qualifying session, while Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer completing the top ten, in that order.