Tyler Reddick won the Busch Light Pole Award in qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Saturday morning.
The third-year driver posted a blistering lap at 99.378 mph, besting second-place starter Austin Cindric (99.095 mph) by 0.252 seconds for Reddick’s second career pole. Reddick scored his first pole at Circuit of The Americas in March 2021 and earned his first Cup Series victory at Road America on July 3.
Completing the top five for Sunday’s Verizon 200 at The Brickyard (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App, IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were Chase Briscoe (98.962 mph), Christopher Bell (98.721 mph) and Joey Logano (98.476 mph).
“It actually didn’t (feel that good),” Reddick said. “That’s what prompted me to want to re-run there. It ended up being a good enough lap. I could have done a better job, but it was nice to know that … we really did such a good job — everyone at RCR and the ECR power under this hood.
“Just this whole group on the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet team did a really good job of preparing the last couple of weeks for this race. It looks like we’re picking right back up where we left off at Road America.”
Blaney completed the Team Penske hat trick as all three of their Fords advanced to the final round of qualifying and will roll off sixth on Sunday. Both of Front Row Motorsports’ Fords advanced as well, as Michael McDowell qualified seventh and rookie Todd Gilliland ninth. Road ace Chase Elliott posted the eighth-best lap and Kyle Busch qualified 10th.
Despite each driver winning a road race this season, neither of Trackhouse Racing’s entries broke into the top 10 in Indianapolis qualifying. Sonoma winner Daniel Suárez qualified 11th and Ross Chastain, who was victorious at COTA, takes the green from 21st.
Former Formula One driver Daniil Kyvat makes his NASCAR Cup Series debut Sunday piloting the No. 26 Toyota for Team Hezemans and qualified 36th in the 38-car field. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 38th.
Austin Cindric and Christopher Bell paced Groups A and B, respectively, in Saturday morning’s practice sessions. Overall, Cindric’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford at 98.467 mph was over Daniel Suárez, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain and Bell.
The sessions were run without major issue, though some drivers learned the Next Gen’s braking points were different than they expected around the 2.439-mile road course. Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe both went deep into the braking zone in Turn 1 and were forced to make U-turns, while Erik Jones did the same in Turn 12.
Corey LaJoie and Cody Ware each spun their cars at the exit of Turn 11 but suffered no damage.
NASCAR Wire Service contributed to this report.