Bowyer Snags the Pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

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Clint Bowyer will have the best view when Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race goes green at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Bowyer’s No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford edged Kyle Busch’s Toyota by completing three laps and a pit stop in one minute, 58.794 seconds, averaging 136.371 miles per hour in securing his first All-Star Race pole on Friday. Bowyer, making his 10th attempt at claiming the $1 million winner’s prize on Saturday, said the pole was a credit to his team.

“Tonight was all about going fast and getting the most out of three laps,” Bowyer said. “I do love the aspect of adding that pit crew (to the equation). It gives them a time to shine. My pit crew does a jam-up job all season long, and they were a big part of that (pole win).

“That is a victory. That’s not just a qualifying lap, that’s a total team effort. Everybody’s got to do their job. You’ve got to have a fast car, and we checked that box off. You’ve got to do a great job coming on pit road and getting into the box, and we checked that box. Those guys laid down a good pit stop, and we checked that box. We rolled over here and checked another one off with a trophy. There’s only one more, and that’s to take a million bucks and go to the house and have a good time with it.”

Defending race winner Kevin Harvick qualified third with Austin Dillon fourth, Martin Truex Jr. fifth and Ryan Newman sixth.

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