Bowman Takes the Pole in Phoenix

Alex Bowman will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday afternoon after topping the chart in the final round of qualifying in the Valley of the Sun.

The driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet scored the pole for the Can-Am 500 after posting a time of 25.619 and a speed of 140.521 mph.

“Man, it’s amazing,” Bowman said of getting the pole in Phoenix. “We weren’t really that strong in qualifying trim in practice. I don’t really know where that came from, but I just can’t thank everybody at Hendrick Motorsports enough. To do this in Phoenix, so close to home, means so much to me. We have had such fast racecars we haven’t had an ounce of luck, but to get a pole here means a lot.”

It’s the first career pole in 80 Sprint Cup Series starts for the native of Tucson, Arizona.

Kyle Larson will start second in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet after posting a time of 25.666 and a speed of 140.263 mph. Chase Elliott will start third in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after posting a time of 25.671 and a speed of 140.236 mph. Joey Logano will start fourth in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford after posting a time of 25.689 and a speed of 140.138. mph. Denny Hamlin will round out the top-five in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after posting a time of 25.701 and a speed of 140.072 mph.

Kevin Harvick will start sixth in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Austin Dillon will start seventh in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Ryan Blaney will start eighth in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford. Jamie McMurray will start ninth in his No. 1 Ganassi Chevrolet. Matt Kenseth will round out the top-10 in his No. 20 JGR Toyota.

Carl Edwards will start 11th and Kurt Busch will round out the 12 drivers that made the final round of qualifying.

Jimmie Johnson will start 17th and Kyle Busch will round out the Chase drivers in 19th.

The 40-car field will be comprised of 22 Chevrolet’s, 11 Ford’s and seven Toyota’s.


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Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2024, I'm on my ninth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Blazing Saddles" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."


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