Austin Dillon wins Cup pole for GEICO 500

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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).

The top five is completed by Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Daniel Hemric, Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing teammate.

“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.”

The top 10 is filled out by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson.

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.

Tyler Reddick, who qualified in the place of Brendan Gaughan, was 29th fastest. Gaughan will take part in Sunday’s race after attending his son’s communion in Las Vegas.

Click here for qualifying results.