Team Penske’s Joey Lagano in the No.22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang has drawn the pole position for Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Logano starts the race just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch who celebrates his 700th cup series race start and speaking ahead of the race this weekend Busch said:
Twenty years at the top-tier of NASCAR is pretty special. I’ve been blessed to have had this opportunity; being able to have raced with a lot of great race teams over the years. It’s amazing how 700 adds-up so fast. Tons of great sponsors, great team owners, great crew guys and great friends.
700 starts; that is one of those stats where you know that it has been a long run, but I know I’ve still got some more. I got into the sport at a young age, where guys like Jeff Gordon cut the rope down for young guys like me to have an opportunity. It has been interesting to see the sport change so much over the last 20 years, I feel like I can connect easily to the past, yet still have an opportunity to teach some of the new kids.
I appreciate everyone that has provided me the opportunity to go out there and race. It has been fun, but there’s still more to accomplish!”
Hendrick Motorsports Alex Bowman starts the race from third place just ahead of his team mate Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 Ally Racing Chevrolet. Stewart Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola starts the race from fifth.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin who took victory last time out at the Pocono 350 starts the race from sixth just ahead of his team mate and defending champion Kyle Busch in the No.18 Skittles Toyota Camry. Martin Truex Jr starts the race from eighth place just ahead of Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski while Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott rounds out the top ten.
Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick starts the race from eleventh just ahead of Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney and Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick.
Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman starts the race from 14th place just ahead of Wood Brothers Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Dillon. Richard Petty Motorsports Bubba Wallace starts the race from 17th just ahead of Hendrick Motorsports William Byron and Front Row Motorsports John Hunter Nemechek. Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher rounds out the top twenty.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Matt Kenseth starts the race from 21st place just ahead of Stewart Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones.
JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr starts the race from 24th just ahead of Joey Gase and Brennan Poole and Front Row Motorsports Michael McDowell while Rick Ware Racing’s Garrett Smithley starts the race from 28th while Ty Dillon is 29th. Stewart Haas Racing’s Cole Custer rounds out the top thirty.
GoFas Racing’s Corey LaJoie starts 31st just ahead of Spire Motorsports Ross Chastain. StarCom Racing’s Quin Houff starts the race from 33rd place just ahead of JJ Yeley and Christopher Bell. Ryan Preece starts the race from 36th just ahead of Daniel Saurez and Timmy Hill. Josh Bilicki and BJ McLeod round out the grid.