NASCAR Michigan: Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing earns first pole in the Cup Series | NASCAR

Toyota established itself as the biggest manufacturer this weekend after a dominant showing in today’s qualifying session. Wallace led three Camers with a difference of 37.755 seconds to claim the first title of his career. He is also the number one pole for the 23XI Racing team, owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

“It was hard,” Wallace said. “It took me five years to get my first place! It’s a testament to everyone at 23XI, everyone on this 23rd team, they’ve done a tremendous job all year. We haven’t achieved the accomplishments we deserve. I’m proud of everyone who’s gone through that, so many adversities.” In this team. We keep showing up ready for battle and that means a lot.”

“For us to come in here and get that column we knew we had pace from tire testing. That’s good when things are right. Now the real job is tomorrow. We know this is a completely different ball game. Good starting point but we’re resetting.” We sort of get ourselves ready for tomorrow.”

Christopher Bell will start alongside Wallace in the front row. Joe Gibbs Racing driver had a moment at the end of his last career that may have cost him the lead. Teammate Kyle Busch qualified third with Penske drivers Joey Logano and Austin Sendrick in the top five. Tyler Riddick will start sixth as the most qualified Chevrolet driver. Starting in seventh will be Martin Truex Jr, followed by Kyle Larson, Hamlin and Eric Jones who completed the top ten.

In addition to their top three positions, all six Toyota drivers qualified in the top 11 today.

2022 Michigan FireKeepers Casino 400 – Qualifier Results
POS driver Team the creator
1 Bubba Wallace 23XI Racing Toyota
2 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
3 Kyle Bush Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
4 Joey Logano Penske team stronghold
5 Austin Cendrick Penske team stronghold
6 Tyler Riddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
7 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
8 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
10 Eric Jones Betty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet
11 Ty Gibbs 23XI Racing Toyota
12 Noah Gregson College Racing Chevrolet
13 Chase Elliot Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
14 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports stronghold
15th Daniel Suarez TrackHouse Racing Chevrolet
16 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing stronghold
17 Cole Custer Stewart Haas Racing stronghold
18 Eric Almerola Stewart Haas Racing stronghold
19 Chris Bucher RFK Racing stronghold
20 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
21 Justin Haley College Racing Chevrolet
22 Ross Chastain TrackHouse Racing Chevrolet
23 Chase Brisco Stewart Haas Racing stronghold
24 Ryan Blaney Penske team stronghold
25 Ty Dillon Betty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
27 Harrison Burton Wood Brothers Race stronghold
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
29 JJ follows Rick Ware Racing stronghold
30 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Austin Hill Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Corey Lagoy Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
33 Brad Kiselowski RFK Racing stronghold
34 kodi ware Rick Ware Racing stronghold
35 Josh Bellecki Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
36 PJ MacLeod Live fast motorsports stronghold
37 Todd Gilliland Front Row Motorsports stronghold

The series returned to high-speed ovals after another chaotic finish on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is a return to normalcy for many teams, and a potential life saver for drivers such as Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney and Truex. These three are running out of time to get their tickets to qualifying, but two of them have seen success at this racetrack.

Blaney enters the weekend as the race winner, carrying the checkered flag in a near-final form. His 0.077sec winning margin over William Byron last year was the closest in race history to 104th on the track. If he is able to turn back tomorrow, he will secure himself a place in the playoffs. He would also become only the eleventh driver to win back-to-back races in Michigan. It will be an uphill task for Penske after qualifying 24 today.

Harvick, who qualified for 16th, certainly knows the way to Victory Road in Michigan. Stewart Haas Racing driver has won here five times over the course of his career, driving 699 laps all the way. Four of those wins have come in the last six races, which bodes well for him tomorrow. Although he has been running well in the majority of races this season, Harvick is riding 65 consecutive races without a win as he battles for one of his last two qualifying points.

Larson also aims to end his pointless drought this weekend. Although not as long as Harvick, it was the longest dry run during his time at Hendrick Motorsports. Larson won three times in Michigan, but all of those wins came while driving for Chip Ganassi. His three straight wins starting in 2016 were Chevrolet’s last wins.

Chevrolet has won six out of seven races this season, thanks in large part to Chase Elliott and Redick. The only Ford that has found a victory lane since the Phoenix in March is Joey Lugano. They’ve been strong in Michigan, having won the last seven races here.

Hamlin is a two-time winner in Michigan, but he hasn’t been to victory lane here since 2011. Although he’s done well, he’s finished second, sixth, second and fifth in his last four games here. The JGR driver is looking for a positive result after a rough weekend as he was stripped of the race win at Pocono and got rough on the road track at IMS.

Hamlin’s teammate (for now) Kyle Busch has only had one win in Michigan in his 33 debut career. He’s been strong here, finishing seventh or better in each of Michigan’s last seven races. While the status of his contract remains the same, there was some sense of optimism spreading throughout the garage this past weekend. The two-time Cup champion has stated that he is willing to take less money to stay in the #18 Toyota, but has been open and honest about his future.

“I don’t think money was the goal or the issue at all,” Kyle said. “Obviously, I know where the sports scene is. I know what’s going on and I’ve accepted a lower salary. I’ve told everyone that. I’m trying to see where all this lies. It’s all on the table. We’re talking about 2023 options, talking about 2024 options. We talk long term. Everyone, everything. The whiteboard is completely full. “

“There are a lot of factors that go into this. My first choice, my first goal, my first step is to be with Joe Gibbs Racing and stay at Toyota and there is no change. $20 million or whatever. I’ve already said I’m willing to take compromises and race from order below its market value and stay in the seat I’ve made at home for the past 15 years.If the music chairs music stops, and I’m still standing and I don’t have a seat, I’m restless, so I must make sure I keep talking and assess every place and every situation to find on something.”

The only other active driver to win in Michigan is Kyle’s brother Kurt Busch. 23XI Racing has three wins and three poles here, with 500 laps. That won’t matter this weekend, as Kurt misses his third race in a row as he continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms he suffered in the plane crash in Pocono.

Ty Gibbs is back in the cockpit of the #45 Monster Energy Camry after finishing 16th and 17th in his first two Cups at Pocono and Indianapolis. The young talents have barely missed out on qualifying for the final round of qualifiers and will start on the 11th tomorrow.

Richard Childress Racing is introducing three cars this weekend, as Austin Hill will make his Cup Series debut in a #33 Chevrolet. Team owner Richard Childress said, “Austin has shown talent in every series he’s been in during his career, so I couldn’t be more Excited to have him behind the wheel of the Cup.” Hill could be considered the favorite to replace Reddick in the #8 car in the near future.

Several drivers struggled on the two-mile oval today, including Hendrik teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman, who qualified for 20th and 30th. Ross Chastain was another Chevrolet driver who struggled, and tomorrow starts at 22nd. Chase Briscoe starts behind him in 23rd and his teammate starts Ford Keselowski driver 33rd in the Roush Fenway Keselowski Mustang.

Truex desperately needed a win to lock himself up in the playoffs, but he’s never gone down the path to victory in 31 careers that began in Michigan. The 2017 series champion finished second or third nine times in Michigan, while driving 275 laps. He had a hard time winning the race here. This is something he hopes to change tomorrow from a solid starting point.

The playoffs initially proved crucial this season. All the last six races have been won by the drivers who started in the top five. In fact, the driver has won the last 12 races starting in the top ten. Five of the six races in Michigan were won from the first three races.

With the starting set, the only thing left is the race. FireKeepers Casino 400 coverage begins at 3 PM ET on the USA network.