Christopher Bell Wins Darlington Cup Series pole


DARLINGTON, SC– Christopher Bell will lead the Cup Series field to the green flag at Darlington Raceway on Sunday night (6 p.m. ET on USA Network).

Bell won the pole for the seventh time in his profession with a lap of 169.193 miles per hour. This is his 3rd pole win in the previous 8 races.

Teammate Denny Hamlin will begin 2nd with a lap of 169.042 miles per hour. Tyler Reddick will line up 3rd with a lap of 168.972 miles per hour.

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Ryan Blaney was the leading Ford chauffeur with a lap of 168.273 miles per hour. Following Blaney was Brad Keselowski with a lap of 168.227 miles per hour.

Ford chauffeurs completed the remainder of the top 10 with Joey Logano (168152 miles per hour), Kevin Harvick (168129 miles per hour), Chris Buescher (167962 miles per hour), Michael McDowell(167893 miles per hour) and Aric Almirola (167231 miles per hour).

Kyle Busch struck the wall throughout practice. He certified 11 th with a lap of 169.397 miles per hour as the leading Chevrolet motorist. Sunday’s race marks the very first time considering that September 1982 that Chevrolet did not have a vehicle certify inside the top 10.

Carson Hocevar, making his 2nd profession Cup start, certified 15 th with a lap of 168.677 miles per hour.

Martin Truex Jr. was the lowest-qualifying playoff motorist. He was 31 st with a lap of 166.913 miles per hour.

The green flag for Sunday’s race is arranged to wave at 6: 19 p.m. ET on USA Network. Countdown to Green begins at 5: 30 p.m. on USA Network. Pre-race protection continues at 6 p.m. on USA Network.

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