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Michigan Cup qualifying: Bubba Wallace earns first career pole

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Bubba Wallace took his first career NASCAR Cup Series pole in Sunday’s Michigan International Speedway (3:00 pm ET, USA Network, NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com).

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Wallace’s lap of 190.703 mph was the fastest of the 10 drivers who advanced to the final round of qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

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His pole position, which came on his 171st career Cup start, is also the first in the Cup for 23XI Racing, which he co-owns. Denny Hamlin and NBA legend Michael Jordan.

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Wallace and the 23XI earned their first Cup race win last fall in a short race due to rain at Talladega Superspeedway.

“Time! It took me five years to get my first pole position,” Wallace told NBC Sports on Saturday. “This is a testimony to all on the 23XI. Everyone on this #23 team really did a great job throughout the year. We just didn’t have the finish we deserved, but we’re proud that we all made it.

“(There has been) a lot of adversity on this team, but we keep showing up ready to fight… Now the real work is tomorrow, right? We know it’s a completely different ball game. So it’s a good starting point for us, but we have to reset and prepare for tomorrow.”

Wallace has been heating up lately with three consecutive top 10 finishes in Michigan. Last week he finished fifth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Wallace’s knees are knocked down Christopher Bell off pole, but Bell’s 189.898 mph lap still secured Toyota a front-row lockout.

In fact, on Sunday the Toyota riders took the first three starting positions. Kyle Bush (189.868 mph) third in qualifying. Joining Kyle Bush in the second row will be Joey Logano (189.509 miles per hour), which was in the lead in qualifying.

3rd row features Austin Sindrik (189.449 mph) and best Chevrolet driver Tyler Reddick (189.026 mph), last week’s Indy winner.



Source: nascar.nbcsports.com

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