2019 Toyota Owners 400 Pole Predictions
2019 Toyota Owners 400 Pole Position Predictions
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series continues its short track leg at Richmond. Hendrick Motorsports is coming off back-to-back pole positions.
Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick won the pole last year at the track.
Here are the best picks for this year’s qualifying.
How to Watch
What: Toyota Owners 400 Qualifying
Where: Richmond Motor Speedway in Richmond, VA
When: Thursday, April 11th at 7:30 PM EST
How: Fox Sports 1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Favorites to Win the 2019 Toyota Owners 400 Pole Position
Last year’s Toyota Owners 400 pole winner, Martin Truex Jr., is the favorite again.
The 2017 Cup Series champion has four consecutive starts at Richmond inside the top 5.
Truex has yet to start a race from pole this season.
However, he scored four last year, tying for the second most behind Kurt Busch.
Hometown hero Denny Hamlin is another strong candidate.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver started from the front row four times over the last eight races at Richmond.
Hamlin has three pole positions at his local track, the last one coming in 2016.
He has not scored a pole this season, but has made it to the top 12 in all races.
The #11 sits second among active drivers in career average start at Richmond.
Kevin Harvick started from the top 10 at Richmond nine times in the last ten races.
The 2014 Cup Series champion scored two pole positions during that span.
Harvick already has one pole and another front-row start this season.
Kyle Larson has struggled recently, but holds the highest career average start at Richmond among active drivers.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has one pole position at the track.
Larson also started four out of the last five races at Richmond inside the top 10.
Outsiders for the 2019 Toyota Owners 400 Pole Position
Kurt Busch holds the third highest average start at Richmond over the last four races.
The Chip Ganassi driver scored a series-leading five pole positions last season.
Busch has an impressive streak of nine consecutive top 10 starts at Richmond.
Ironically, however, he has never scored a pole position at the track.
The elder Busch brother’s qualifying performances this season have been rather disappointing, which makes him a long-shot.
Ryna Blaney has one front-row start at Richmond.
The rising star has the seventh-best average starting position over the last four races at the track.
Blaney scored one pole this season but has only made it to the top 12 shootout three times.
Kyle Busch isn’t a qualifying specialist at Richmond despite holding a series-leading six wins at the track.
He won both races last season from outside the top 10.
Before that, however, the younger Busch brother had five consecutive top 10 starts at the track.
The #18 is tied for second among active drivers with two pole positions at Richmond.
Joey Logano scored back-to-back poles at Richmond in 2015.
The reigning Cup Series champion has six top 5 starts over the last 10 races at the track.
Logano already has one pole this season and has only started outside the top 10 twice.
While he might not be the favorite, he is still an interesting pick.
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