Austin Dillon has won the Cup pole for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Dillon claimed the top spot with a speed of 192.544 mph a day after his decklid was confiscated by NASCAR.
It’s Dillon’s fifth career Cup pole and his second this year (Auto Club Speedway).
“It feels great,” Dillon told Fox Sports 1. “It’s RCR’s 50th anniversary, it’s Talladega’s 50th anniversary, my grandfather takes a lot of pride in these speedway races. To come here and get a pole we felt like we had a car capable of doing that. We knew that didn’t hurt us so we just wanted to go out there and what we did.”
No Toyota drivers qualified in the top 12.
Martin Truex Jr. was the highest qualifying Toyota driver in 20th.
Ty Dillon, who will make his 100th Cup start Sunday, qualified 13th.
Kurt Busch failed pre-qualifying inspection twice. He will lose 15 minutes of practice next weekend at Dover. His car chief, Ryan Bergenty, was ejected from the rest of the weekend. Busch qualified 14th.