Aric Almirola snags Atlanta pole for Sunday’s Cup race

HAMPTON, Ga. – The NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday evening, so it should come as no surprise that Aric Almirola would lead an armada of Ford drivers in time trials for the Quaker State 400 (7 p.m. ET on USA, NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Almirola claimed the fifth Busch Light Pole Award of his career with a lap at 177.346 mph (31.261 seconds), running the fastest lap of the day in the final round of time trials.

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Almirola edged Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney (177.266 mph) by 0.035 seconds for the top starting spot in Sunday’s race, as Ford drivers claimed the first six positions on the grid. In March, Ford’s grabbed the top-eight starting spots.