Denny Hamlin posted the third fastest single lap in final practice and he had the second quickest 10-lap average. His fastest lap of 187.114 mph was more than one mile per hour slower than Matt Kenseth’s top speed.
Hamlin has a good balance of speed and durability, but he does not have a very strong record on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year and qualified only 17th for the Oral-B USA 500.
Joey Logano posted the second fastest lap and the fourth quickest time in final practice for the Oral-B USA 500. His single lap of 187.869 mph was 6/100ths of a second behind Kevin Harvick.
Logano will need to navigate traffic early after qualifying only 14th. He should be up to the task, however, because he started 11th last year and finished second.
One record wasn’t enough for Andrew Ranger Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, so he decided to make it two.
Ranger, from Roxton Pond, Quebec, captured the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race with a fast lap of 83.261 seconds (106.321 mph) in the No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge. It was Ranger’s 15th career pole overall, which broke a tie for the series’ all-time record he previously shared with J.R. Fitzpatrick. It also extended Ranger’s mark for the most poles at CTMP to five.
Ryan Preece backed up his fast time in afternoon practice to win his second consecutive Coors Light Pole Award at Langley Speedway for Saturday night's Bayport Credit Union 150.
Preece, who also started from the pole in the spring tour race in April at Langley, qualified with a time of 15.056 seconds (94.687 mph) for his fifth career pole in eight starts on the southern tour. Danny Bohn followed closely in second place with a time of 15.093 seconds (94.454 mph). Spring race winner George Brunnhoelzl III worked all afternoon to fix a fuel pump issue and qualified third (15.142/94.149). Jason Myers and points leader Seuss completed the top five.
After posting the quickest 10-lap average in the second session, Jeff Gordon backed that up with another top speed in final practice. He posted a speed of 183.299 mph during his first 10 laps on the track and reportedly had the quickest five- and 15-lap averages as well.
Gordon was considered a favorite at the beginning of the week and he has done absolutely nothing to change a player’s mind. His 10-lap average in the second practice session was only 181.050 mph, which underscores how much speed the track picked up in late afternoon. He will start ninth on Sunday, which puts him in the sweet spot for winners in the past several years.
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series regular (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge) Alex Tagliani wins the Keystone Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chevrolet Silverado 250 with a lap of 80.558 seconds, 109.889 mph.
That sets a new NCWTS qualifying record at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The previous record of 109.189 mph was set by James Buescher in 2013. This is the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150 driver's first pole in his very first NCWTS start. Gray Gaulding (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2014 in his first start at CTMP.
Chase Elliott wins the Coors Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the Great Clips 300 Benefitting Feed The Children with a lap of 30.759 seconds, 180.240 mph.
This is his first pole in 24 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. It is the No. 9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro driver's 18th top-10 start in 2014. Elliott becomes the youngest pole winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway (18 years, 9 months, 2 days). The
previous record holder was Jeff Gordon (03/14/1992 - 20 years, 7 months, 10 days).
Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Oral-B USA 500. His top speed was 188.251 mph, which was recorded on his first lap on the track.
Harvick was only 29th-fastest earlier on Saturday, but he was 10th-quickest over a 10-lap average in that session, which put him in the top half of that chart. Atlanta is the type of track that rewards patience and that is one of Kenseth’s strong traits.