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Nascar Mustang Teams Miss Top 10 During 2022 Talladega Qualifying

Nascar Mustang teams didn’t fare too well in qualifying for Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. As a result, not a single Ford will take the green flag starting in the top 10.

The best-performing Nascar Mustang during qualifying was piloted by Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Next Gen Ford Mustang. Logano posted a best lap time of 53.572 seconds, topping out at 178.75 mph, ranking as the 13th-best time. For the sake of comparison, polesitter Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 20 Toyota TRD Camry, got around the 2.66-mile superspeedway in just 52.927 seconds, topping out at a whopping 180.928 mph. He will start first.

Starting in second will be the No. 19 Toyota driven by Martin Truex Jr., with a best time of 53.008 seconds and a top speed of 180.652 mph. Three Chevrolet teams will follow him, with the No. 16 Camaro driven by Daniel Hemric in third, the No. 99 Camaro of Daniel Suarez in fourth, and the No. 5 Camaro of defending Cup Series champion Kyle Larson in fifth.

Interestingly, most of the Cup Series field failed pre-qualifying inspection at least once ahead of Saturday’s session. Word around the garage area has it that high ambient temperatures impacted the composite bodies of the Next Gen race cars, prompting teams to attempt to shade them with umbrellas before second inspection.

Even so, only one car was penalized for failing pre-qualifying inspection multiple times. The No. 77 Camaro driven by Landon Cassill was not allowed to qualify and will serve a pass-through penalty once the green flag drops at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Nascar Cup Series Qualifying Results, Talladega Superspeedway, April 23, 2022
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Toyota 52.927 180.928 Toyota TRD Camry
2 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 53.008 180.652 Toyota TRD Camry
3 16 Daniel Hemric(i) Majestic Steel Chevrolet 53.221 179.929 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 99 Daniel Suarez Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 53.234 179.885 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 53.254 179.817 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 45 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Toyota 53.255 179.814 Toyota TRD Camry
7 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx All in for Small Business Toyota 53.308 179.635 Toyota TRD Camry
8 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 53.316 179.608 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 23 Bubba Wallace McDonald's Toyota 53.336 179.541 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 8 Tyler Reddick BetMGM Chevrolet 53.399 179.329 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 53.514 178.944 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 53.515 178.94 Toyota TRD Camry
13 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford 53.572 178.75 Ford Mustang
14 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet 53.602 178.65 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 6 Brad Keselowski Castrol Carbon Neutral Ford 53.626 178.57 Ford Mustang
16 43 Erik Jones U.S. Air Force Chevrolet 53.628 178.563 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 53.635 178.54 Ford Mustang
18 2 Austin Cindric # Menards/Sylvania Ford 53.653 178.48 Ford Mustang
19 1 Ross Chastain Moose Fraternity Chevrolet 53.657 178.467 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 42 Ty Dillon Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet 53.689 178.361 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 53.708 178.297 Ford Mustang
22 12 Ryan Blaney Wurth Ford 53.743 178.181 Ford Mustang
23 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield/IHOP Ford 53.744 178.178 Ford Mustang
24 4 Kevin Harvick GEARWRENCH Ford 53.751 178.155 Ford Mustang
25 21 Harrison Burton # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 53.764 178.112 Ford Mustang
26 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/SunnyD Chevrolet 53.802 177.986 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 53.813 177.95 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 53.94 177.531 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 41 Cole Custer Feeding America/Wow Wow Ford 53.943 177.521 Ford Mustang
30 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 53.964 177.452 Ford Mustang
31 62 Noah Gragson(i) Wendy’s $5 Biggie Bag/Beard Oil Chevrolet 53.989 177.369 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 38 Todd Gilliland # First Phase Credit Card Ford 54.178 176.751 Ford Mustang
33 7 Corey LaJoie Raze Energy Chevrolet 54.205 176.663 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 54.677 175.138 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 44 Greg Biffle Morehouse College Chevrolet 54.791 174.773 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 15 David Ragan Envision Ford 55.118 173.736 Ford Mustang
37 78 BJ McLeod Motorsport Games Ford 55.129 173.702 Ford Mustang
38 55 JJ Yeley(i) Hex.com Ford 55.662 172.038 Ford Mustang
39 77 Landon Cassill(i) Fox Nation Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
  • # – Rookie
  • i – Points ineligible
  • * – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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