KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Tyler Reddick will start from the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs at Kansas Speedway.
Reddick leaned on the wide back he drives late models to drive around Saturday’s mile-and-a-half track. He stopped the clock at 29.899 seconds, denying Joey Logano a second straight pole.
Reddick said: “It took off quickly. I was very happy with the car.” “He’ll definitely love the top two or three grooves of this race track, but I’m really happy with our team’s performance today.”
Redick, who is fifth in the playoff standings, has won the pole position at the Oval for the first time.
“I’m really excited about it,” he said, “and it’s crazy — I think my first Xfinity pole is here, too.”
The drivers who made the final lap had to contend with changeable conditions – the first few qualifying stages took place under cloud cover, while the sun began to peek out for Austin Cindyric and he was left out of the session.
They also had to decide whether to ride the far outside groove or a slightly lower line on the track.
Christopher Bell, who opted for RIM, was fastest in the first group with a lap of 30.057 seconds. And he was delighted with Joe Gibbs’ racing, radioing the team: “That’s all I’ve got, mate.”
Starting with Alex Bowman outside the second row was enough.
Bowman took a slightly lower line around the track and posted 29.964 seconds.
“I thought we had a really good lap,” Logano said. “Our car was tighter than the first race. The first race was very good so we didn’t want to adjust too much. We took a lot from practice and put in a good lap.”
Not nearly as good as Reddick, who landed Richard Childress’ racing No. 8 in front.
“This place keeps changing. It’s the kind of track you can turn around a lot,” he said. “The amount of throttle time you have is a big adjustment and thankfully, we found it very good and made it to the final lap.”
Rounding out the top five starting spots are Ross Chastain and the playoff drivers. Bubba Wallace finished sixth ahead of three more playoff drivers in Kyle Larson, Cindrich and William Byron. Chris Buescher starts 10th.
The rest of the playoff field has limited space.
Austin Dillon starts 11th with Chase Briscoe in 13th, behind Kevin Harvick and Daniel Suarez in 15th. Ryan Blaney finished 17th behind Kyle Busch in 20th, Chase Elliott in 22nd and Denny Hamlin in 25th.