JGR locks out front row for Southern 500 with Bell on pole
After being fastest in Saturday’s practice, Christopher Bell secured the pole position for Saturday night’s playoff opener at Darlington Raceway. Bell led a Toyota comeback from a poor qualifying performance earlier in the season, narrowly edging out his teammate Denny Hamlin. This is Bell’s third pole of the season and the seventh of his career. Bell expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance and acknowledged the advantage of being in Group A during qualifying. In the second group, Tyler Reddick set an impressive pace and claimed the third fastest time overall.