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Just Two Nascar Ford Teams To Start Within Top 10 At Fall Talladega 2022 Race

Two Nascar Ford teams will take the green flag at Talladega Superspeedway from fourth and fifth place, but they are the sole Blue Oval racers who will start within the top ten.

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Ford Mustang, will start fourth after posting a best lap of 53.166 seconds and topping out at 180.115 mph. Chase Briscoe’s No. 14 Mustang will start fifth with a time of 53.268 seconds at 179.77 mph. The next-best Nascar Ford team is that of Joey Logano, whose No. 22 Mustang will start 11th.

For comparison, polesitter Christopher Bell wheeled the No. 20 Toyota TRD Camry around the 2.66-mile superspeedway in 53.026 seconds at 180.591 mph. The second-best time belongs to the No. 5 Chevy Camaro ZL1 of Kyle Larson, whose best lap was 53.048 seconds at 180.516 mph.

Three Chevy teams were penalized ahead of pre-race qualifying, including the No. 24 Camaro of William Byron. Nascar did not disclose why these teams failed inspection. It’s also worth noting that Alex Bowman’s No. 48 Camaro will be driven by relief driver Noah Gragson, as Bowman suffered a concussion at Texas last week.

Meanwhile, the suspensions assessed to the No. 12 Mustang of Ryan Blaney began this weekend at Talladega after the team decided against an appeal. Blaney’s team was hit with penalties after a loose wheel incident at Bristol a few weeks ago, and he will race without his regular crew chief, Johnathan Hassler, as well as his regular jackman and rear tire changer for the next four races. He will start 19th.

The green flag at Talladega will drop at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 2nd.

Nascar Cup Series Qualifying Results, Talladega Superspeedway, October 1, 2022
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 20 Christopher Bell (P) Sirius XM Toyota 53.026 180.591 Toyota TRD Camry
2 5 Kyle Larson (P) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 53.048 180.516 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Express Toyota 53.076 180.421 Toyota TRD Camry
4 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 53.166 180.115 Ford Mustang
5 14 Chase Briscoe (P) Magical Vacation Planner Ford 53.268 179.77 Ford Mustang
6 1 Ross Chastain (P) Jockey Chevrolet 53.32 179.595 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 48 Noah Gragson(i) (P) Ally Chevrolet 53.356 179.474 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 8 Tyler Reddick REALTREE Chevrolet 53.388 179.366 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 24 William Byron (P) RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 53.434 179.212 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 23 Ty Gibbs(i) Monster Energy Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
11 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford 53.422 179.252 Ford Mustang
12 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 53.427 179.235 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 16 Daniel Hemric(i) Celsius Chevrolet 53.433 179.215 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 99 Daniel Suarez (P) Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 53.453 179.148 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 21 Harrison Burton # Dex Imaging Ford 53.459 179.128 Ford Mustang
16 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 53.461 179.121 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 2 Austin Cindric # (P) Discount Tire Ford 53.465 179.108 Ford Mustang
18 6 Brad Keselowski Kohler Generators Ford 53.468 179.098 Ford Mustang
19 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 53.471 179.088 Ford Mustang
20 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet 53.493 179.014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 53.5 178.991 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 53.504 178.977 Toyota TRD Camry
23 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 53.551 178.82 Ford Mustang
24 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Ford 53.57 178.757 Ford Mustang
25 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/SunnyD Chevrolet 53.609 178.627 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 53.668 178.43 Toyota TRD Camry
27 45 Bubba Wallace (P) Leidos Toyota 53.68 178.39 Toyota TRD Camry
28 41 Cole Custer HaasTooling.com Ford 53.709 178.294 Ford Mustang
29 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 53.764 178.112 Ford Mustang
30 42 Ty Dillon SunseekerResorts.com Chevrolet 53.781 178.055 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 62 Justin Allgaier(i) Beard Oil/South Point Chevrolet 53.862 177.788 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 7 Corey LaJoie Schluter Systems Chevrolet 54.053 177.159 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 77 Landon Cassill(i) Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet 54.086 177.051 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 38 Todd Gilliland # Georgia Peanuts Ford 54.098 177.012 Ford Mustang
35 78 BJ McLeod(i) NASCAR Rivals Ford 54.74 174.936 Ford Mustang
36 15 JJ Yeley(i) Summit Racing Equipment Ford 54.936 174.312 Ford Mustang
37 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT UBCF Ford 54.94 174.299 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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