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Two Nascar Ford Teams Starting In Top Five At Sonoma 2022

The Nascar Ford teams fared well during qualifying at the 12-turn 2.25-mile Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.

Chris Buescher is back behind the wheel of the No. 17 Mustang after missing last week’s Cup Series race due to the sanctioning body’s COVID-19 protocol. He will start third after posting a time of 77.938 during qualifying. He starts beside the No. 34 Mustang of Michael McDowell, who will take the green flag in fourth.

The two aforementioned Nascar Ford teams are surrounded by a sea of Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams. Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 5 Camaro ZL1, nailed the pole position with a time of 77.776 seconds, while Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Camaro will start in second. Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 8 Camaro, rounds out the top five.

A single car was penalized: the No. 51 Camaro of Cody Ware failed pre-qualifying inspection multiple times and was not allowed to participate in qualifying as a result. He will also lose pit selection for the Cup Series race. Nascar did not disclose the reason for the inspection failure, but indicated further penalties could be announced later in the week due to the infraction.

The Cup Series Race at Sonoma starts at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 11th.

Nascar Cup Series Qualifying Results, Sonoma Raceway, June 11, 2022
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 77.776 92.111 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 77.799 92.083 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 17 Chris Buescher Fifth Third Bank Ford 77.938 91.919 Ford Mustang
4 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 77.941 91.916 Ford Mustang
5 8 Tyler Reddick Lenovo Chevrolet 78.021 91.821 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 41 Cole Custer Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford 78.07 91.764 Ford Mustang
7 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 78.137 91.685 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 99 Daniel Suarez Onx Homes/Renu Chevrolet 78.148 91.672 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 22 Joey Logano Autotrader Ford 78.276 91.522 Ford Mustang
10 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 78.515 91.244 Toyota TRD Camry
11 45 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Toyota 78.244 91.56 Toyota TRD Camry
12 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota 78.275 91.523 Toyota TRD Camry
13 3 Austin Dillon True Velocity Chevrolet 78.319 91.472 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Knauf Ford 78.472 91.294 Ford Mustang
15 14 Chase Briscoe Ford Performance Racing School Ford 78.507 91.253 Ford Mustang
16 9 Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet 32.941 136.608 C
16 16 AJ Allmendinger(i) Goldfish Casino Slots Chevrolet 78.572 91.178 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 15 Joey Hand Built Ford Proud Ford 78.578 91.171 Ford Mustang
18 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 78.603 91.142 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 4 Kevin Harvick #BuschLightPolite Ford 33.019 136.285 C
19 48 Alex Bowman Ally/Better Together Chevrolet 78.664 91.071 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 38 Todd Gilliland # First Phase Ford 33.055 136.137 C
20 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 78.691 91.04 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 10 Aric Almirola Farmer John/FoodMaxx Ford 78.706 91.022 Ford Mustang
22 6 Brad Keselowski Kohler Power Reserve Ford 78.829 90.88 Ford Mustang
23 4 Kevin Harvick GEARWRENCH Ford 78.857 90.848 Ford Mustang
24 38 Todd Gilliland # Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford 79.065 90.609 Ford Mustang
25 2 Austin Cindric # America's Tire Ford 79.3 90.34 Ford Mustang
26 21 Harrison Burton # DEX Imaging Ford 79.315 90.323 Ford Mustang
27 23 Bubba Wallace DoorDash Toyota 79.337 90.298 Toyota TRD Camry
28 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 79.356 90.277 Toyota TRD Camry
29 77 Josh Bilicki(i) Pacific Coast Termite Chevrolet 79.493 90.121 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 7 Corey LaJoie GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky Chevrolet 79.544 90.063 Chev
31 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Toyota 79.553 90.053 Toyota TRD Camry
32 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Cottonelle Chevrolet 79.617 89.981 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 79.711 89.875 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 42 Ty Dillon Allegiant Chevrolet 80.037 89.509 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 78 Scott Heckert Pala Casino Ford 81.171 88.258 Ford Mustang
36 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang

# – 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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