First career pole for Tyler Reddick
At Austin’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series event, Tyler Reddick claimed his first pole in NASCAR’s premier division.
For the first time since Dale Earnhardt at Watkins Glen in 1996, a Richard Childress Racing driver will start from pole position in the NASCAR Cup Series on a road circuit. Indeed, Tyler Reddick took pole, his first in his career, at the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
In a few hours, Tyler Reddick will share the first row of the starting grid with Kyle Larson. Austin Cindric and Kyle Busch will be in the second row. William Byron and Joey Logano share the third row of the starting grid. AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Christopher Bell complete the top 10 of this second qualifying session of the season after that of the DAYTONA 500. Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman will be in sixth row.
Leader of the general classification, Denny Hamlin does not pass the first round of qualifying and will start from nineteenth place on the starting grid, just behind his teammate Martin Truex Jr.
For qualifying, NASCAR chose to change the finish line. Indeed, it was before entering the penultimate turn. This allowed the drivers to return to the pits more quickly. As a result of this subterfuge, the pilots did not make a complete turn, since the starting line remained in the same place.