Utilizing a brand new format for the primary time, the drivers with the highest eight speeds in single-car qualifying superior to an elimination spherical the place they paired off in one-on-one battles that includes a pit cease and one-lap sprint to the checkered flag.
Busch and Blaney’s workforce superior to the ultimate matchup, with the pole going to the winner.
“Anytime you’re capable of showcase the pit crew’s capability and have them and their athleticism on this competitors and on this qualifying format, I take pleasure in that,” mentioned Busch. “I feel that’s my most favourite a part of the yr, coming to the All-Star race,” Busch mentioned. “Whether or not it’s Charlotte and coming down pit highway and sliding into the field, however having these guys go over the wall definitely means so much.
“Particularly this No. 18 bunch that I’ve had numerous success with over time, clearly modified up a couple of occasions, most just lately, however we’ve all the time been a risk to be reckoned with in the case of getting on the pole for the All-Star race. It feels good to have that at present.”
Busch’s No. 18 Toyota workforce was first out of the pit cease and jumped to a fast benefit on the observe, simply besting Blaney by 1.284 seconds on the checkered flag.
Blaney will begin alongside Busch on the entrance row of Sunday night time’s race. William Byron will begin third, Kyle Larson fourth, Kurt Busch fifth, Ross Chastain sixth, Martin Truex Jr. seventh and Aric Almirola eighth.
Within the semifinal spherical of the one-on-one matchups, Blaney defeated Byron whereas Kyle Busch defeated Larson.
Within the opening spherical of head-to-head qualifying, Byron defeated Almirola; Blaney defeated Chastain; Larson defeated Kurt Busch; and Kyle Busch defeated Truex.
Byron set a blistering tempo within the first spherical of All-Star qualifying the place all 20 entries made a single qualifying try.
Byron’s common lap velocity at 189.288 mph led the best way adopted by Kyle Busch (189.115 mph) and Blaney (189.043 mph).
“It was enjoyable,” Byron mentioned. “We’ve been engaged on qualifying stability. It’s been our Achilles heel I really feel like on these mike-and-half tracks. Simply to get qualifying stability … to see it work – that’s nice.”
Additionally advancing to the highest eight which can battle head-to-head for the pole of the race have been Kurt Busch, Larson, Chastain, Truex and Almirola.