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No. 12 Nascar Mustang Nabs Third 2022 Season Pole At Richmond

Ryan Blaney wheeled the No. 12 Nascar Next Gen Ford Mustang to his third 2022 season pole position at Richmond Raceway on April 2nd.

Blaney posted a time of 22.541 seconds around the three-quarter mile speedway, topping out at 119.782 mph. He will lead the field to green for the third time this year, having also posted the best time last week at Circuit of the Americas, and at Phoenix Raceway at the beginning of March. Despite his strength during qualifying, Blaney has yet to put the No. 12 Mustang in Victory Lane this season.

William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Atlanta Cup Series race winner, posted the second-best time during Saturday’s qualifying session. He will be followed by the No. 18 Toyota TRD Camry of Kyle Busch in third and by the No. 14 Mustang of Chase Briscoe in fourth. Fifth will go to the No. 43 Camaro driven by Erik Jones.

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Camry, will start sixth. Truex guided the No. 19 Camry to victory at Richmond Raceway the last time the Nascar Cup Series visited the track in September of last year, and he has claimed the win in three out of the last five races at the Virginia short track.

Six teams in total were penalized during pre-qualifying inspection, though none were Fords.

The No. 3 Camaro driven by Austin Dillon, the No. 16 Camaro of AJ Allmendinger, the No. 44 Camaro of Greg Biffle, the No. 31 Camaro of Justin Haley, the No. 23 Camry of Bubba Wallace and the No. 47 Camaro of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. all failed inspection. As a result, each of these teams lost pit selection privileges and had a crewmember ejected from the weekend’s activities. The Nos. 44 and 31 Camaros were not allowed to qualify. Nascar did not disclose what infractions resulted in the aforementioned penalties.

The Nascar Cup Series race will commence at Richmond Raceway on Sunday April 3rd, 2022. at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Nascar Cup Series Qualifying Results, April 2, 2022
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Richmond Water Heaters Ford 22.541 119.782 Ford Mustang
2 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 22.578 119.585 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 18 Kyle Busch Mars Crunchy Cookie Toyota 22.634 119.29 Toyota TRD Camry
4 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 22.658 119.163 Ford Mustang
5 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 22.747 118.697 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 22.761 118.624 Toyota TRD Camry
7 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Triple Action Formula Ford 22.761 118.624 Ford Mustang
8 1 Ross Chastain ONX Homes/iFly Chevrolet 22.767 118.593 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 20 Christopher Bell SiriusXM Toyota 22.804 118.4 Toyota TRD Camry
10 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 22.819 118.322 Ford Mustang
11 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 22.516 119.915 Ford Mustang
12 41 Cole Custer HaasTooling.com Ford 22.52 119.893 Ford Mustang
13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 22.523 119.877 Toyota TRD Camry
14 99 Daniel Suarez CommScope Chevrolet 22.544 119.766 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 9 Chase Elliott A SHOC Chevrolet 22.552 119.723 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 8 Tyler Reddick Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet 22.586 119.543 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 21 Harrison Burton # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 22.593 119.506 Ford Mustang
18 17 Chris Buescher Violet Defense Ford 22.6 119.469 Ford Mustang
19 6 Brad Keselowski Violet Defense Ford 22.606 119.437 Ford Mustang
20 2 Austin Cindric # Discount Tire Ford 22.644 119.237 Ford Mustang
21 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 22.653 119.19 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 38 Todd Gilliland # Black's Tire Ford 22.67 119.1 Ford Mustang
23 77 Landon Cassill(i) Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet 22.725 118.812 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 34 Michael McDowell Navage Nasal Care Ford 22.739 118.739 Ford Mustang
25 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 22.761 118.624 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 16 AJ Allmendinger(i) Action Industries Chevrolet 22.766 118.598 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 45 Kurt Busch Embrace Home Loans Toyota 22.807 118.385 Toyota TRD Camry
28 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 22.818 118.328 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 23 Bubba Wallace Dr Pepper Toyota 22.828 118.276 Toyota TRD Camry
30 42 Ty Dillon Chevyliners.com Chevrolet 22.847 118.177 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 7 Corey LaJoie Nations Guard Chevrolet 22.971 117.54 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SunnyD Chevrolet 22.982 117.483 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 23.164 116.56 Ford Mustang
34 78 BJ McLeod Surface Sunscreen/MaintenanceSupplies.com Ford 23.189 116.435 Ford Mustang
35 15 JJ Yeley(i) Nabor Force Ford 23.229 116.234 Ford Mustang
36 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
37 44 Greg Biffle Norfolk State University 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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