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No. 10 Nascar Ford Nabs Pole For Bristol Night Race 2022

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Nascar Ford Mustang, will lead an all-Ford front row to the green flag for the 2022 Bristol night race on the night of Saturday, September 17th.

Almirola’s No. 10 Mustang bears a special paint scheme this weekend, bringing BlueOval City with him for the 500-lap race. His pole position win marks the first time Ford has started in the top spot at Bristol Motor Speedway in almost a decade. He got around Nascar’s shortest oval track in 14.946 seconds at a top speed of 128.382 mph.

“We had a really good (car) in practice,” Almirola said. “We ran, I think, 55 laps straight, and I felt really good about it. We swapped over to (qualifying trim), and it still had a lot of speed. I’m really proud of the effort on this team. We were bummed out we didn’t make the playoffs, but we’re showing what we’re capable of. We can race with these guys. Yeah, we’re going to try and do it for 500 laps (Saturday) night.”

Starting beside him will be the No. 14 Nascar Ford of Chase Briscoe, who posted a 14.968-second lap at 128.193 mph. In third will be the No. 48 Chevy Camaro of Alex Bowman, followed by the No. 11 Toyota TRD Camry of Denny Hamlin. Kyle Larson will round out the top five in the No. 5 Camaro.

No penalties were assessed in pre-qualifying inspection, and every driver was able to complete a lap. The race under the lights at Bristol will commence at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 17th.

Nascar Cup Series Qualifying Results, Bristol Motor Speedway, September 16, 2022
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 10 Aric Almirola Ford BlueOval City Ford 14.946 128.382 Ford Mustang
2 14 Chase Briscoe (P) Magical Vacation Planner Ford 14.968 128.193 Ford Mustang
3 48 Alex Bowman (P) Ally Chevrolet 14.97 128.176 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Ground Toyota 14.972 128.159 Toyota TRD Camry
5 5 Kyle Larson (P) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 15.001 127.911 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Pennzoil Ford 15.008 127.852 Ford Mustang
7 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch Light Ford 15.03 127.665 Ford Mustang
8 20 Christopher Bell (P) Yahoo! Toyota 15.057 127.436 Toyota TRD Camry
9 2 Austin Cindric # (P) Freightliner Ford 15.078 127.258 Ford Mustang
10 6 Brad Keselowski Kohler Generators Ford 15.083 127.216 Ford Mustang
11 41 Cole Custer Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford 15.047 127.52 Ford Mustang
12 1 Ross Chastain (P) Worldwide Express Chevrolet 15.051 127.487 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 16 AJ Allmendinger(i) Action Industries Chevrolet 15.092 127.14 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 45 Bubba Wallace (P) MoneyLion Toyota 15.096 127.107 Toyota TRD Camry
15 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford 15.125 126.863 Ford Mustang
16 24 William Byron (P) Acronis Chevrolet 15.153 126.628 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 8 Tyler Reddick (P) Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet 15.159 126.578 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 15.176 126.436 Ford Mustang
19 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 15.182 126.387 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 38 Todd Gilliland # First Phase Ford 33.055 136.137 C
20 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 15.184 126.37 Ford Mustang
21 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Toyota 15.188 126.337 Toyota TRD Camry
22 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 15.22 126.071 Toyota TRD Camry
23 9 Chase Elliott (P) Hooters Chevrolet 15.248 125.839 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 43 Erik Jones U.S. Air Force Chevrolet 15.265 125.699 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 23 Ty Gibbs(i) Monster Energy Toyota 15.266 125.691 Toyota TRD Camry
26 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Thomas' Chevrolet 15.379 124.768 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 21 Harrison Burton # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 15.382 124.743 Ford Mustang
28 3 Austin Dillon (P) Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet 15.388 124.695 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 99 Daniel Suarez (P) Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 15.39 124.678 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 38 Todd Gilliland # Long John Silver's Ford 15.45 124.194 Ford Mustang
31 7 Corey LaJoie Schluter Systems Chevrolet 15.451 124.186 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 15.46 124.114 Ford Mustang
33 78 BJ McLeod(i) Down N Dirty Ford 15.501 123.786 Ford Mustang
34 42 Ty Dillon EG3 Technologies Chevrolet 15.604 122.968 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 77 Landon Cassill(i) Zeigler Auto/LoJack Chevrolet 15.684 122.341 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 15 JJ Yeley(i) World Supercross Championship Ford 15.722 122.046 Ford Mustang

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver
P – Playoffs eligible

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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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