Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR – KANSAS CITY, KS – Christopher Bell became his own self-fulfilling prophecy in winning the pole position for Sunday’s AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway (3 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
“I think it’s a great track for me,” Bell said in a question-and-answer session with reporters before NASCAR Cup Series qualifying. “I got my first Xfinity win here. Cup cars haven’t been great to me here, but I’ve ran really well.
“The top is going to be the place to be. I think everybody knows that. The thing is, as this track ages, it seems like the top gets more and more dominant, and it gets a little tough to pass. So keeping your track position, pit stops and qualifying effort is going to be really important.”
In the first round of qualifying, Bell ran higher on the track than any other driver in Group B and sped to a session-fast time of 30.079 seconds (179.527 mph). In the 10-driver final round, he ran .004 seconds faster, securing his third career pole—all earned this season—with a lap at 179.575 mph.
Tyler Reddick qualified second after observing Bell’s opening run and adjusting to a higher line. Reddick clocked in at 30.192 seconds (178.855 seconds) in the final round and felt he left a little bit of speed on the track.
Kyle Larson (178.772 mph) will start third on Sunday, followed by Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric (178.448 mph) and Kurt Busch (178.359 mph), who was fastest in Saturday’s practice.
Joey Logano, Chris Buescher and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. did not make qualifying attempts after crashing during practice.
Defending race winner Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney will start Sunday’s race from positions six through 10, respectively.
Interestingly, the top three qualifiers on Saturday all come from dirt-track backgrounds, and they all will be fighting for position at the top of the track.