Byron edges Gibbs to Cup pole at COTA

William Byron earned the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of The Americas with a lap of 94.696mph (129.636s) Saturday afternoon — his second pole at the Texas circuit. Five of his 13 career poles in the Cup Series have been on a road course.

Ty Gibbs qualified second at 94.685mph. Gibbs was on a flying lap as the session came to a close but slipped at the end of his lap and missed taking the pole.

Tyler Reddick qualified third (94.565mph) and is the defending race winner.

Christopher Bell qualified fourth (94.482mph) and Corey LaJoie, fifth (94.096mph). It was a career-best qualifying effort for LaJoie, who will start inside the top five for the first time.


Ross Chastain qualified sixth (94.949mph), Martin Truex Jr., seventh (93.773mph), Denny Hamlin, eighth (93.604mph), Chase Elliott, ninth (93.420mph) and Bubba Wallace, 10th (85.505mph).

Wallace spun on his qualifying lap in the final round.

No Ford drivers made the cut into the final round. Austin Cindric was the highest-qualifying Ford driver in 11th.

Shane van Gisbergen qualified 12th. AJ Allmendinger qualified 14th. Both are in Kaulig Racing entries this weekend.

Kamui Kobayashi qualified 25th for his second Cup Series start.

NEXT: The EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday.


Story originally appeared on Racer