Elliott takes Talladega pole

Chase Elliott takes second-straight superspeedway pole of 2016

Chase Elliott takes second-straight superspeedway pole of 2016

Second-generation racer Chase Elliott has once again shown his prowess for restrictor plate qualifying with pole position at Talladega Superspeedway.

After scoring pole for the Daytona 500 at the start of the season, Elliott put his Hendrick Racing Chevrolet on pole with a time around the 2.66-mile track of 49.704 seconds equating to 310.058km/h (192.661 mph).

The pole came 30 years after Elliott’s father, Bill Elliott, earned the top starting spot at with a lap at 341.550km/h (212.229 mph), before restrictor plates were introduced at the superspeedways.

“This is definitely a special place,” said Elliott.

“It’s cool to get it done today. This is a team effort, and those guys and everybody at the No. 5 and No. 24 shop, in particular, and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick engine department and obviously (sponsor) NAPA Auto parts.

“But, man, this is cool. Those guys do such a good job. And as I said in Daytona, this had nothing to do with me. This is the car that we had. This is the same car we had in Daytona. They brought another fast one here.”

Alongside on the front row will be fellow youngster Austin Dillon, while behind will be Dale Earnhardt Jr. Matt Kenseth.

Ty Dillon qualified Tony Stewart’s Chevy in 14th starting spot, but Stewart will start Sunday’s race and will have to drop to the rear for the green flag because of the driver change. The plan is for Stewart, who is still in the midst of recovering from a back injury, to turn the car over to Dillon during the first caution of the race. Stewart will still earn the points for the championship.

Josh Wise was the only driver who failed to make the 40-car field.

VIDEO: Elliott speaks after scoring pole

 

 

QUALIFYING: GEICO 500 – Talladega Superspeedway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR BEST SPEED BEST TIME BEHIND
1 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 192.661 49.704 Leader
2 3 Austin Dillon Dow – Energy & Water / Intellifresh 192.424 49.765 –0.061
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 192.293 49.799 –0.095
4 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 192.181 49.828 –0.124
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 192.116 49.845 –0.141
6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion 192.089 49.852 –0.148
7 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 192.008 49.873 –0.169
8 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express 191.954 49.887 –0.183
9 19 Carl Edwards Arris 191.819 49.922 –0.218
10 27 Paul Menard Moen / Menards 191.812 49.924 –0.220
11 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance 191.789 49.930 –0.226
12 78 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats 191.581 49.984 –0.280
13 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 191.566 49.988 –0.284
14 14 Ty Dillon 191.509 50.003 –0.299
14 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops 191.509 50.003 –0.299
15 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 191.298 50.058 –0.354
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion 191.191 50.086 –0.382
17 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Marvel 191.164 50.093 –0.389
18 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy 191.039 50.126 –0.422
19 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 190.921 50.157 –0.453
20 13 Casey Mears GEICO 190.772 50.196 –0.492
21 44 Brian Scott Twisted Tea 190.730 50.207 –0.503
22 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 190.382 50.299 –0.595
23 43 Aric Almirola Fresh From Florida 190.260 50.331 –0.627
24 42 Kyle Larson Target 190.166 50.356 –0.652
25 7 Regan Smith Golden Corral Chevrolet 190.109 50.371 –0.667
26 32 Bobby Labonte RIMROCK DEVLIN 189.966 50.409 –0.705
27 34 Chris Buescher Love’s Travel Stops / CSX-Play it Safe 189.925 50.420 –0.716
28 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger / Hungry Jack / Crisco 189.921 50.421 –0.717
29 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Fishing Chevrolet SS 189.800 50.453 –0.749
30 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 189.729 50.472 –0.768
31 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial 189.519 50.528 –0.824
32 38 Landon Cassill FR8 Auctions 189.470 50.541 –0.837
33 55 Michael Waltrip Peak & BlueDEF Toyota Camry 189.313 50.583 –0.879
34 15 Clint Bowyer AccuDoc Solutions 189.025 50.660 –0.956
35 83 Matt DiBenedetto Dustless Blasting 189.010 50.664 –0.960
36 98 Cole Whitt RticCoolers.com 188.961 50.677 –0.973
37 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental 188.954 50.679 –0.975
38 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 188.478 50.807 –1.103
39 35 David Gilliland Shaw’s Southern Belle Seafood 188.467 50.810 –1.106
40 23 David Ragan Schluter Systems 187.636 51.035 –1.331

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