CONCORD, N.C. – For the sixth time this season, Hendrick Motorsports has swept the front row in qualifying.
Friday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course, William Byron captured his fifth pole position of the season, which is tied for the series best in 2019. In the process, he became the second-youngest pole winner on a road course of all time.
“I knew we could qualify top five, but I was really wanting a pole, and really kind of went out there and got it,” Byron said. “I’m really proud of this UniFirst team. It’s going to be great to start up front.”
Alex Bowman joined him on the front row, qualifying on the outside pole alongside his teammate.
Friday’s performance marked Hendrick Motorsports’ ninth pole of the 2019 season, which is the organization’s fifth-highest total in a single season tied with the 1996 and 2004 campaigns. Hendrick Motorsports now owns 224 poles all-time.
Jimmie Johnson also made the final round of qualifying and will roll off the grid fourth, giving the organization three top-four starting spots in the same race for the second time this season.
Chase Elliott did not make it to the final round and qualified 19th.
Sunday’s race is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.