Berry secured the pole position in Friday’s qualifying session with an average lap speed of 188.549 mph, surpassing his teammate Justin Allgaier (188.289 mph). Allgaier had been the fastest in Friday’s practice session.
Berry has secured his second pole position this season, achieving this feat in two out of the last three races. This accomplishment also marks the third pole position of his career.
Berry expressed his determination to make amends for his previous race at Pocono, which resulted in a 24th place finish after starting in the top position.
“I am extremely proud of the individuals on this team, specifically the No. 8 team. They have put in a tremendous amount of effort,” expressed Berry, who has not achieved a victory so far this season. “I must admit, we allowed a missed opportunity two weeks ago, and it has been on all of our minds every day since then.”
“We had the intention of returning here to complete what we initiated a few weeks ago. We commend these individuals and everyone at JR Motorsports. The vehicles have gained speed and are performing more efficiently.”
Austin Hill finished in third place, with Sam Mayer, Berry’s teammate and the winner of last week’s race, coming in fourth. Riley Herbst will start in fifth position.
Completing the top-10 starting lineup are Chandler Smith, Carson Hocevar, Ty Gibbs, Sammy Smith and John Hunter Nemechek.
On Friday, NASCAR took possession of the splitter from Cole Custer’s No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford for additional examination at its R&D Center in Concord, N.C. Any consequences will be disclosed in the upcoming week.
Using another splitter on the car, Custer qualified 13th-fastest for Saturday’s race.
Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Haas Automation Ford Mustang
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