Almirola Draws Pole For Texas Cup Race

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Aric Almirola will start Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway from the pole. (HHP/Andrew Coppley Photo)
Aric Almirola will start Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway from the pole. (HHP/Andrew Coppley Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Aric Almirola will lead the NASCAR Cup Series field to the green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway.

Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, was selected to start from the pole via a random draw. He’ll be joined on the front row by Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney.

Like previous events featuring no qualifying, positions 1-12 were determined via random draw for charter teams in those positions in owner points. Positions 13-24 and 25-36 were determined the same way, with positions 37-40 filled by open, no-charter teams based on their positions in owner points.

The Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, will start third and fourth. Kevin Harvick will start fifth, followed by Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr.

Starting Lineup for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

1. Aric Almirola
2. Ryan Blaney
3. Kurt Busch
4. Kyle Busch
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Chase Elliott
9. Joey Logano
10. Martin Truex Jr.
11. Matt DiBenedetto
12. Alex Bowman
13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
14. Bubba Wallace
15. Ryan Newman
16. Chris Buescher
17. Clint Bowyer
18. William Byron
19. Cole Custer
20. Jimmie Johnson
21. Austin Dillon
22. Matt Kenseth
23. Erik Jones
24. Tyler Reddick
25. Ryan Preece
26. Quin Houff
27. Garrett Smithley
28. John Hunter Nemechek
29. Gray Gaulding
30. Ty Dillon
31. J.J. Yeley
32. Brennan Poole
33. Christopher Bell
34. Michael McDowell
35. Joey Gase
36. Corey LaJoie
37. Daniel Suarez
38. Timmy Hill
39. B.J. McLeod
40. Reed Sorenson