Alex Bowman will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday afternoon after topping the chart in the final round of qualifying in the Valley of the Sun.
The driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet scored the pole for the Can-Am 500 after posting a time of 25.619 and a speed of 140.521 mph.
“Man, it’s amazing,” Bowman said of getting the pole in Phoenix. “We weren’t really that strong in qualifying trim in practice. I don’t really know where that came from, but I just can’t thank everybody at Hendrick Motorsports enough. To do this in Phoenix, so close to home, means so much to me. We have had such fast racecars we haven’t had an ounce of luck, but to get a pole here means a lot.”
It’s the first career pole in 80 Sprint Cup Series starts for the native of Tucson, Arizona.
Kyle Larson will start second in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet after posting a time of 25.666 and a speed of 140.263 mph. Chase Elliott will start third in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after posting a time of 25.671 and a speed of 140.236 mph. Joey Logano will start fourth in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford after posting a time of 25.689 and a speed of 140.138. mph. Denny Hamlin will round out the top-five in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after posting a time of 25.701 and a speed of 140.072 mph.
Kevin Harvick will start sixth in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Austin Dillon will start seventh in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Ryan Blaney will start eighth in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford. Jamie McMurray will start ninth in his No. 1 Ganassi Chevrolet. Matt Kenseth will round out the top-10 in his No. 20 JGR Toyota.
Carl Edwards will start 11th and Kurt Busch will round out the 12 drivers that made the final round of qualifying.
Jimmie Johnson will start 17th and Kyle Busch will round out the Chase drivers in 19th.
The 40-car field will be comprised of 22 Chevrolet’s, 11 Ford’s and seven Toyota’s.c1635_startrow