Tyler Reddick soars to Busch Light Pole at Kansas

Tyler Reddick powered to the Busch Light Pole Award in Saturday’s qualifying session for the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.

Reddick pushed the No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet to a best lap of 180.608 mph in the final round of time trials at the 1.5-mile Kansas City track. His second pole of the season was the third of his Cup Series career.

Second-fastest Joey Logano is set to share the front row for the start of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET, USA, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM), the second race in the Cup Series Playoffs. He notched a lap of 180.385 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.

Alex Bowman was third in qualifying, followed by Christopher Bell in fourth and Ross Chastain completing the top five.

The 36 drivers were split into two groups for practice and qualifying, and the top five from each bracket reached the final round to go for the pole. Bell was fastest in Group A’s time trials, and Reddick was best in Group B.

Reddick also tops Cup Series practice

Tyler Reddick posted the fastest overall speed in NASCAR Cup Series practice, topping the chart during Saturday’s warm-up session at Kansas Speedway.

Reddick clocked a lap of 178.903 mph at the 1.5-mile track, moving the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the top of the speed chart. He was also fastest in the consecutive 10-lap averages category.

Ross Chastain was second-fastest in No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevy at 178.418 mph. Christopher Bell led the Group A session and was third-fastest overall (178.412) in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scraped the wall with his JTG Daugherty Racing entry, but the damage was not enough to keep the No. 47 Chevrolet from participating in Busch Light Pole Qualifying.

Aric Almirola was last in the 36-car field, and he told NBC Sports that his Stewart-Haas Racing crew was looking into engine issues under the hood of the No. 10 Ford. Almirola did not qualify and is scheduled to start last in Sunday’s 400-miler.