Tyler Reddick captures the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Tyler Reddick will start from the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway.

Reddick leaned on his extensive experience driving recent dirt models to ride the ring around the 1½-mile track on Saturday. He stopped the clock in 29.899 seconds, denying Joey Logano a second consecutive pole position.

“It took off fast. I was very happy with the car,” Reddick said. “He definitely likes the top two or three ruts on this race track, but I’m very happy with the overall performance of our team today.”

It’s the first time Reddick, who sits fifth in the playoff standings, has earned the pole at an oval.

“I’m really excited about it,” he said, “and it’s crazy, I think my first Xfinity pole came here too.”

The drivers who made it to the final round had to deal with changeable conditions: the opening laps of qualifying were done under a layer of clouds, while the sun began to peek out for Austin Cindric and he stayed out for the rest of the session.

They also had to decide whether to ride the furthest groove or a line that was a little further down the track.

Christopher Bell, who opted for the tire, was fastest of the first group of five with a lap of 30.057 seconds. And he was pleased with Joe Gibbs Racing’s time, telling his team over the radio, “That’s all I got, mate.”

It was enough to start alongside Alex Bowman on the outside of the second row.

Bowman took a slightly lower line around the track and posted a time of 29.964 seconds before Logano passed him down the stretch and had enough speed through Turns 3 and 4 to set a new best time of 29.936.

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“I think we had a pretty good lap,” Logano said. “Our car was tighter than in the first race. It was so good in the first race that we didn’t want to tune too much. We learned a lot from practice and put in a pretty good lap.”

Just not as good as Reddick, who got the No. 8 from Richard Childress Racing up front.

“This place keeps changing. It’s the kind of track where you can move around a lot,” he said. “Just the amount of throttle time you have is a huge adjustment and luckily we did pretty well and made it to the last round.”

The top five starting spots belong to playoff drivers with Ross Chastain rounding out the list. Bubba Wallace qualified sixth, ahead of three other playoff drivers in Kyle Larson, Cindric and William Byron. Chris Buescher will start tenth.

The rest of the playoff field has some ground to make up.

Austin Dillon will start 11th with Chase Briscoe in 13th, Kevin Harvick behind him and Daniel Suarez in 15th. Ryan Blaney qualified 17th with Kyle Busch in 20th, Chase Elliott in 22nd and Denny Hamlin in 25th.

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