Logano takes pole; Elliott, Harvick, Hamlin to rear

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DARLINGTON, S.C. — Former NASCAR Cup Collection champions Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick will begin on the rear of the sphere Sunday at Darlington Raceway.

Denny Hamlin will probably be again there, too.

Elliott and Harvick had hassle Saturday in apply. Hamlin had issues in qualifying later within the day.

All three can have numerous floor to make up on pole-sitter Joey Logano. Logano reached 170.720 mph and turned a quick lap of 28.805 seconds to clinch the highest spot in qualifying, edging Kyle Larson.

Larson will begin second, one row forward of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr. Brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch will share the third row, assuming Kyle makes the race. The youthful Busch is awaiting the delivery of his second baby by a surrogate mom.

Trevor Bayne is on standby in case Busch has to depart Darlington for the delivery. Busch shared suggestions with Bayne following his qualifying run.

“I believe it is at all times a tough determination, however I believe you’ll be able to reside down lacking a race however you will by no means reside down not being there for the delivery of your child,” Busch mentioned.

Busch says his spouse, Samantha, feels just like the husband in a baby delivery as a result of she’s not carrying the kid and is unable to really feel all the interior physique adjustments that include being pregnant.

“If she’s the husband, I assume I am the following step down from that, no matter that’s. I am undecided,” Busch quipped.

Busch and everybody else up entrance loved problem-free qualifying runs. Elliott, Harvick and Hamlin could not say the identical.

Elliott crashed due to a flat tire and broken the entrance of his automotive, forcing his staff to scramble to get a backup automotive put collectively.

“I acknowledged it was flat; it was just a bit too late,” mentioned Elliott, who’s coming off a win final week at Dover Motor Speedway. “By that time, it began to come back aside and also you’re simply sort of alongside for the journey.”

It was the newest setback Elliott, who was scheduled to drive within the Xfinity Collection race in a fifth automotive for JR Motorsports however didn’t make the race when qualifying was canceled by rain Friday.

Harvick blew a left-rear tire in apply and did sufficient injury that he was unable to make a qualifying try.

Hamlin, who received final 12 months’s Southern 500 at Darlington, broken the diffuser throughout his qualifying run. Changing it pressured him to the rear of the sphere.

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