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.
|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