Paul Menard makes a pit stop during a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Paul Menard wins pole for NASCAR Cup Series race

June 30, 2018 - 11:33 pm

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Paul Menard has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

It's the second career pole for Menard, who has just one top-five finish this season. He also qualified first for a race at Daytona almost exactly 10 years ago.

Menard turned a lap at 180.012 mph in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford.

Ryan Blaney joined Menard on the front row for Sunday's race. Blaney was second at 179.880 mph in his No. 12 Team Penske Ford.

Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.

The cars for Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Chris Buescher failed inspection. They had their qualifying times disallowed and will start at the back of the field.


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