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No. 41 NASCAR Ford Earns First Career Cup Series Pole At Martinsville April 2023

Ryan Preece is in his first fulltime season behind the wheel of the No. 41 NASCAR Ford Mustang, and now, he can add a pole position to his list of accolades – he laid down the fastest lap during qualifying at Martinsville Speedway on April 15th, 2023.

Preece got around the half-mile asphalt oval in 19.979 seconds, pushing the No. 41 Mustang to 94.78 mph. He was the only driver to make a lap in under 20 seconds.

“I was fighting loose that first lap,” Preece said after qualifying. “It’s a pole. Not a race. So I guess from a company standpoint, it makes us all very optimistic for tomorrow, and can to just be smart and we can have good days. It certainly shows that our short track program is really good, and I know our superspeedway program has been extremely good too, and we’ll keep working on that.”

It’s worth noting that when Preece snagged the pole position in the Truck Series and Xfinity Series, he went on to win both races.

Daniel Suárez will start second in the No. 99 Chevy Camaro ZL1, with a time of 20.081 seconds at 94.298 mph, followed by the No. 10 Mustang of Aric Almirola in third, who tied Suárez’s time of 20.081 seconds. Chase Briscoe will start fourth in the No. 14 NASCAR Ford, while Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Toyota TRD Camry will start fifth.

Weather has been a concern at Martinsville all weekend, but recently, NASCAR debuted a wet-weather tire that would allow the race to commence even in rainy conditions. The green flag is scheduled to drop on Sunday, April 16th, 2023 at 3 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Martinsville Speedway, April 15, 2023
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 19.979 94.78 Ford Mustang
2 99 Daniel Suarez Worldwide Express Chevrolet 20.081 94.298 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 20.081 94.298 Ford Mustang
4 14 Chase Briscoe HighPoint.com Ford 20.112 94.153 Ford Mustang
5 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 20.119 94.12 Toyota TRD Camry
6 45 Tyler Reddick The Beast Unleashed Toyota 20.128 94.078 Toyota TRD Camry
7 4 Kevin Harvick Realtree/Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 20.15 93.975 Ford Mustang
8 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 20.155 93.952 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 23 Bubba Wallace McDonald's Toyota 20.167 93.896 Toyota TRD Camry
10 17 Chris Buescher Nexletol Ford 20.191 93.784 Ford Mustang
11 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota 20.227 93.617 Toyota TRD Camry
12 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 20.232 93.594 Toyota TRD Camry
13 38 Todd Gilliland Frontline Enterprises Inc. Ford 20.267 93.433 Ford Mustang
14 16 AJ Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 20.297 93.295 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 22 Joey Logano Verizon 5G Ford 20.304 93.262 Ford Mustang
16 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Tree Top Chevrolet 20.307 93.249 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 8 Kyle Busch Mark III Employee Benefits Chevrolet 20.326 93.161 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 20.353 93.038 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 20.356 93.024 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 34 Michael McDowell Long John Silver's Ford 20.362 92.997 Ford Mustang
21 6 Brad Keselowski Fastenal Ford 20.377 92.928 Ford Mustang
22 20 Christopher Bell Shingrix Toyota 20.382 92.906 Toyota TRD Camry
23 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 20.382 92.906 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 20.384 92.896 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Libman Ford 20.394 92.851 Ford Mustang
26 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 20.395 92.846 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 7 Corey LaJoie NEGU Chevrolet 20.408 92.787 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 20.409 92.783 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 42 Noah Gragson # Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 20.469 92.511 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 78 Anthony Alfredo(i) Andy's Frozen Custard Chevrolet 20.478 92.47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 12 Ryan Blaney Advance Auto Parts Ford 20.507 92.339 Ford Mustang
32 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 20.507 92.339 Ford Mustang
33 51 Zane Smith(i) Biohaven/Jacob Co. Ford 20.571 92.052 Ford Mustang
34 1 Ross Chastain Unishippers Chevrolet 20.619 91.838 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 77 Ty Dillon NationsGuard Chevrolet 20.624 91.815 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 15 JJ Yeley(i) Isaacson Concrete & Excavating Ford 20.673 91.598 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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