While they did not post speeds fast enough to secure the front row, a total of six Nascar Chevy teams will start in the top 10 for the spring Talladega race on Sunday, April 24th.
Two Toyota TRD Camry teammates will start on the front row, as Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 20 Camry, barely outclassed Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 19 Camry for the pole position in the final round of qualifying. Bell’s No. 20 Camry laid down a 52.927 second lap with a top speed of 180.920 mph while Truex in the No. 19 Camry got around the 2.66-mile superspeedway in just 53.008 seconds, reaching a peak of 180.652 mph.
Daniel Hemric, driver of the No. 16 Chevy Camaro ZL1, will start third, having posted a time of 53.221. Starting fourth will be the No. 99 Nascar Chevy of Daniel Suarez, and fifth will be defending Cup Series champion Kyle Larson behind the wheel of the No. 5 Camaro. The six and seventh starting positions went to the Toyota duo of Kurt Busch in the No. 45 Camry and Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Camry, respectively.
William Byron will start eighth in the No. 24 Nascar Chevy, followed by Bubba Wallace in the No. 23 Camry. Wallace won a rain-shorted race at Talladega Superspeedway the last time the Cup Series visited the track. Finally, starting in tenth place will be Tyler Reddick behind the wheel of the No. 8 Camaro.
Interestingly, most of the Cup Series field failed pre-qualifying inspection at least once ahead of Saturday’s session. Word around the garage area has it that high ambient temperatures impacted the composite bodies of the Next Gen race cars, prompting teams to attempt to shade them with umbrellas before second inspection.
Most cars failed first time through. Some chatter that the heat is impacting the body of the car so teams are starting to use umbrellas to help add shade while they go through tech. If fail second time, drop to rear at start and also lose a crew member. pic.twitter.com/0mmD6SWwyh
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 22, 2022
However, only one car was penalized for failing pre-qualifying inspection multiple times. The No. 77 Nascar Chevy driven by Landon Cassill was not allowed to qualify and will serve a pass-through penalty once the green flag drops at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
For those wondering, the teams at Chevy’s cross-town rival at Ford performed rather poorly, as the best-performing Nascar Mustang during qualifying will start in the 13th.
|1||20||Christopher Bell||DeWalt Toyota||52.927||180.928||Toyota TRD Camry|
|2||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Bass Pro Shops Toyota||53.008||180.652||Toyota TRD Camry|
|3||16||Daniel Hemric(i)||Majestic Steel Chevrolet||53.221||179.929||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|4||99||Daniel Suarez||Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet||53.234||179.885||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|5||5||Kyle Larson||HendrickCars.com Chevrolet||53.254||179.817||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|6||45||Kurt Busch||Monster Energy Toyota||53.255||179.814||Toyota TRD Camry|
|7||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx All in for Small Business Toyota||53.308||179.635||Toyota TRD Camry|
|8||24||William Byron||Liberty University Chevrolet||53.316||179.608||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|9||23||Bubba Wallace||McDonald's Toyota||53.336||179.541||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|10||8||Tyler Reddick||BetMGM Chevrolet||53.399||179.329||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|11||31||Justin Haley||LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet||53.514||178.944||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|12||18||Kyle Busch||Interstate Batteries Toyota||53.515||178.94||Toyota TRD Camry|
|13||22||Joey Logano||Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford||53.572||178.75||Ford Mustang|
|14||3||Austin Dillon||Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet||53.602||178.65||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|15||6||Brad Keselowski||Castrol Carbon Neutral Ford||53.626||178.57||Ford Mustang|
|16||43||Erik Jones||U.S. Air Force Chevrolet||53.628||178.563||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|17||14||Chase Briscoe||Mahindra Tractors Ford||53.635||178.54||Ford Mustang|
|18||2||Austin Cindric #||Menards/Sylvania Ford||53.653||178.48||Ford Mustang|
|19||1||Ross Chastain||Moose Fraternity Chevrolet||53.657||178.467||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|20||42||Ty Dillon||Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet||53.689||178.361||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|21||34||Michael McDowell||Love's Travel Stops Ford||53.708||178.297||Ford Mustang|
|22||12||Ryan Blaney||Wurth Ford||53.743||178.181||Ford Mustang|
|23||10||Aric Almirola||Smithfield/IHOP Ford||53.744||178.178||Ford Mustang|
|24||4||Kevin Harvick||GEARWRENCH Ford||53.751||178.155||Ford Mustang|
|25||21||Harrison Burton #||Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford||53.764||178.112||Ford Mustang|
|26||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Kroger/SunnyD Chevrolet||53.802||177.986||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|27||48||Alex Bowman||Ally Chevrolet||53.813||177.95||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|28||9||Chase Elliott||NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet||53.94||177.531||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|29||41||Cole Custer||Feeding America/Wow Wow Ford||53.943||177.521||Ford Mustang|
|30||17||Chris Buescher||Fastenal Ford||53.964||177.452||Ford Mustang|
|31||62||Noah Gragson(i)||Wendyâ€™s $5 Biggie Bag/Beard Oil Chevrolet||53.989||177.369||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|32||38||Todd Gilliland #||First Phase Credit Card Ford||54.178||176.751||Ford Mustang|
|33||7||Corey LaJoie||Raze Energy Chevrolet||54.205||176.663||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|34||51||Cody Ware||Nurtec ODT Ford||54.677||175.138||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|35||44||Greg Biffle||Morehouse College Chevrolet||54.791||174.773||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|36||15||David Ragan||Envision Ford||55.118||173.736||Ford Mustang|
|37||78||BJ McLeod||Motorsport Games Ford||55.129||173.702||Ford Mustang|
|38||55||JJ Yeley(i)||Hex.com Ford||55.662||172.038||Ford Mustang|
|39||77||Landon Cassill(i)||Fox Nation Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
- # – Rookie
- i – Points ineligible
- * – Part-time driver