Cup starting lineup at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. – Stewart-Haas Racing has the top four spots, Hendrick Motorsports has the next four spots and Joe Gibbs Racing has the last two positions in the 10 for Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kurt Busch scored his first career pole at a restrictor-plate track. Clint Bowyer will join him on the front row. Kevin Harvick starts third and Aric Almirola fourth.

Chase Elliott starts fifth and leads the Hendrick contingent. Jimmie Johnson starts sixth, Alex Bowman is seventh and William Byron is eight. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch is ninth and teammate Denny Hamlin is 10th.

Only one car failed inspection after qualifying. The No. 72 of Corey LaJoie needed to go through a second time to pass. By failing the first time, its qualifying time was disallowed.

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