BRISTOL, TN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch will start in the Top 5 for Saturday night’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Larson will start on the outside of the front row after turning a fast lap of 14.847-seconds (129.004 MPH) in the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro.
Larson’s time was just .026-seconds slower than the pole-winning time set by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin.
Larson’s teammate Kurt Busch will start right behind him on the outside of the second row in the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro. Busch’s best lap of 14.896-seconds was just .021-seconds slower than Hamlin’s teammate Martin Truex, who will start third.
The Top 5 starting spots had the team owner taking to Twitter afterwards.
— Chip Ganassi (@GanassiChip) August 16, 2019
Stewart Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola will start fifth after a fast lap of 14.901-seconds (128.770) in the No. 10 Smithfield Ford, the fastest qualifying Ford Mustang.
Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott will start sixth in the No. 9 Hooters Spirits Chevrolet. Elliott’s fast lap of 14.923-seconds (128.580) was a tick faster than Matt DiBenedetto, who put the Levine Family Racing Toyota in the top 10 with a speed of 128.460.
DiBenedetto announced earlier this week he was out of the No. 95 at the end of this season. LFR, who has an alliance with Gibbs and Toyota, is moving out DiBenedetto so Gibbs can move Christopher Bell up to the Cup Series.
Kevin Harvick, last week’s winner at Michigan, will start eighth in the Busch Ford followed by Gibbs Eric Jones in ninth and Hendrick’s Alex Bowman rounds out the Top 10.
The green flag falls for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at 7:30 p.m. The race will be televised by the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and can be heard on the Performance Racing Network affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.