Penalties Put JGR’s Suarez On Pocono Pole

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 28 2018

Daniel Suarez of Joe Gibbs Racing was awarded the pole for Sunday’s Cup race at Pocono. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Ashley R Dickerson)


Daniel Suarez was awarded the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Speedway after the drivers with the two top qualifying speeds – Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch – failed post-qualifying inspection.

Harvick was fastest in the final round of qualifying, but his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford did not pass the body scan portion post-qualifying inspection. Ditto for  the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of second-fastest qualifier Busch, but his car failed at the chassis station of the inspection process.

Qualifying speeds for both Harvick and Busch were disallowed. Both will start from the rear of the 40-car field in Sunday’s 400-miler (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM).

The ruling elevated Suarez to a first-time pole winner in the Monster Energy Series. His speed of 176.988 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota stands as the pole-winning lap of record.

“Very happy with this and for my team, my guys,” Suarez said. “Really they’ve been working very hard and the results haven’t showed up, so happy to have a good practice day, a good qualifying effort and hopefully we transfer that to a good race tomorrow.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 28 2018
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