NASCAR at Phoenix 2020 Qualifying Results: Chase Elliott Secures Pole Position

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2020

AVONDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 06:  Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, practices during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Chase Elliott captured the ninth pole of his young NASCAR Cup Series career Saturday at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

Elliott completed his lap in 26.065 seconds to knock Kevin Harvick to the outside of Row 1 for Sunday's FanShield 500. Here is a look at the full qualifying order courtesy of NASCAR.com (time in seconds):

1. Chase Elliott: 26.065
2. Kevin Harvick: 26.110
3. Denny Hamlin: 26.117
4. Kyle Larson: 26.162
5. Ryan Blaney: 26.190
6. Aric Almirola: 26.190
7. Kurt Busch: 26.197
8. Alex Bowman: 26.216
9. Matt DiBenedetto: 26.222
10. Kyle Busch: 26.230
11. Erik Jones: 26.257
12. Martin Truex Jr.: 26.278
13. Joey Logano: 26.287
14. Brad Keselowski: 26.289
15. Christopher Bell: 26.295
16. Cole Custer: 26.339
17. William Byron: 26.364
18. Clint Bowyer: 26.388
19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 26.448
20. Ryan Preece: 26.449
21. Jimmie Johnson: 26.481
22. Michael McDowell: 26.502
23. Chris Buescher: 26.512
24. Ross Chastain: 26.527
25. Ty Dillon: 26.528
26. John Hunter Nemechek: 26.541
27. Bubba Wallace: 26.635
28. Corey LaJoie: 26.668
29. Tyler Reddick: 26.693
30. Austin Dillon: 26.772
31. Daniel Suarez: 26.873
32. Brennan Poole: 26.909
33. JJ Yeley: 27.169
34. Quin Houff: 27.211
35. Reed Sorenson: 27.395
36. Garrett Smithley: 27.464
37. Joey Gase: 27.533
38. Timmy Hill: 27.584

Elliott's qualifying run came late in the session, and he turned in a highly impressive lap to ensure his spot on Row 1:


.@chaseelliott fans ... rejoice! The No. 9 goes to the top in #BuschPole qualifying. https://t.co/ukh7cafu3f

After securing the pole, Elliott had the following to say about his performance and the quality of his No. 9 Chevrolet:


"It's always a good thing when you can put down a fast lap." @chaseelliott | #BuschPole https://t.co/SA4tB6EWy5

Elliott, Harvick and Denny Hamlin were far and away the best cars during Saturday's qualifying round, but there were some surprisingly strong runs from lesser-known drivers such as Matt DiBenedetto (ninth), Christopher Bell (15th) and Cole Custer (16th).

Austin Dillon qualified 30th, but the result could have been far worse for the No. 3 team, as he locked his tires and narrowly avoided a wreck:


Definitely locked up the tires there. 😬 @austindillon3 | #BuschPole https://t.co/qc98e6LJlz

Martin Truex Jr. technically qualified 12th, but he will start from the back of the field Sunday because of an engine change. This marks the second consecutive week Truex has started from the rear, as he was forced to do so last week at California after his car failed pre-qualifying inspection three times.

Among the drivers competing in Sunday's race, Harvick is undoubtedly the man to beat despite getting nipped by Elliott for the pole.

Harvick leads all active drivers with nine career wins and an average finish of 9.2 at Phoenix. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Hamlin are the other drivers competing Sunday who have won at least twice at Phoenix.


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