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Five NASCAR Ford Teams Starting Top 10 At Talladega April 2023

Though they missed out on the pole position, five NASCAR Ford teams will take the green flag at Talladega Superspeedway from inside the top 10 during the Cup Series race on April 23rd, 2023.

Aric Almirola will start on the outside pole in the No. 10 Ford Mustang, having posted a time of 53.011 seconds at 180.642 mph around the 2.66-mile superspeedway oval. He was bested only by the No. 11 Toyota TRD Camry of Denny Hamlin, whose time of 52.979 seconds at 180.751 mph earned him the top spot.

Ty Gibbs will start third in the No. 54 Camry, followed by the No. 14 Mustang of Chase Briscoe in fourth, and Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang in fifth. A pair of Toyotas will start from the third row – the No. 20 Camry of Christopher Bell and the No. 19 Camry of Martin Truex Jr. – while Joey Logano’s No. 22 Mustang will start eighth. Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Chevy Camaro is the sole Bow Tie racer in the top 10, while the No. 17 Mustang of Chris Buescher will take the green flag from 10th.

Since half of the top 10 starters wear Blue Oval badges, it’s safe to assume that they’ll form a freight train and rocket right to the front as soon as the race begins. And speaking of which, the Cup Series race at Talladega is scheduled for a 3 p.m. ET start time on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Talladega Superspeedway, April 22, 2023
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Direct Toyota 52.979 180.751 Toyota TRD Camry
2 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 53.011 180.642 Ford Mustang
3 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 53.025 180.594 Toyota TRD Camry
4 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors YOG Ford 53.085 180.39 Ford Mustang
5 12 Ryan Blaney Wurth Ford 53.124 180.258 Ford Mustang
6 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 53.245 179.848 Toyota TRD Camry
7 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 53.281 179.726 Toyota TRD Camry
8 22 Joey Logano Shell Penzoil/Autotrader Ford 53.299 179.666 Ford Mustang
9 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 53.302 179.656 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 53.303 179.652 Ford Mustang
11 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 53.455 179.141 Ford Mustang
12 23 Bubba Wallace Columbia Sportswear Company Toyota 53.47 179.091 Toyota TRD Camry
13 45 Tyler Reddick MoneyLion Toyota 53.496 179.004 Toyota TRD Camry
14 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 53.497 179.001 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Duracell Ford 53.499 178.994 Ford Mustang
16 41 Ryan Preece Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 53.509 178.961 Ford Mustang
17 8 Kyle Busch McLaren Custom Grills Chevrolet 53.548 178.83 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 53.559 178.793 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 16 AJ Allmendinger Farmsmart Chevrolet 53.568 178.763 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 6 Brad Keselowski Castrol Edge Ford 53.611 178.62 Ford Mustang
21 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 53.629 178.56 Ford Mustang
22 99 Daniel Suarez Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 53.651 178.487 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 1 Ross Chastain Moose Fraternity Chevrolet 53.671 178.42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 43 Erik Jones U.S. AIR FORCE Chevrolet 53.693 178.347 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 53.695 178.341 Ford Mustang
26 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 53.745 178.175 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 53.75 178.158 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 36 Todd Gilliland gener8tor Skills Ford 53.849 177.831 Ford Mustang
29 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 53.874 177.748 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 42 Noah Gragson # Wendy's Beef is in the Bag Chevrolet 53.902 177.656 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 62 Austin Hill(i) Realtree Chevrolet 53.973 177.422 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 77 Ty Dillon NationsGuard Chevrolet 54.033 177.225 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Cheez-It Chevrolet 54.039 177.205 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 7 Corey LaJoie Celsius Chevrolet 54.059 177.14 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 38 Zane Smith(i) Wellcare Ford 54.063 177.127 Ford Mustang
36 15 Riley Herbst(i) Monster Energy/Mechanix Wear Ford 54.106 176.986 Ford Mustang
37 78 BJ McLeod B'laster Chevrolet 54.297 176.363 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
38 51 JJ Yeley(i) Jacob Companies/Biohaven Ford 54.424 175.952 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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Comments

  1. Joe

    Why is Harrison Burton slow slow driving the Wood Brothers’s 21?

    Reply
    1. Booker

      They’ve been a back marker team for decades, why are you surprised?

      Reply

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