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NASCAR Cup: Aric Almirola begins Pocono weekend on pole

during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas.

By AMANDA VINCENT

The NASCAR Cup Series is set to make history this weekend at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., with a weekend doubleheader that includes series races at the track both Saturday and Sunday. The Pocono race weekend will mark the first time since 1971 that the series has contested points-paying races on consecutive days but the first time, ever, for two points-paying races at the same track on consecutive days.

Aric Almirola will start from the pole for Saturday’s race, the Pocono Organics 325. It will Almirola’s fourth front-row start in the last six races but his first from the pole.

“From the driver’s side, I know mentally and physically it’s going to be a lot,” Almirola said of running two Cup Series races in two days.

Ford swept the front row in a draw among the top-12 teams in owner points, with Ryan Blaney, who won the most recent Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Monday, drawing the second starting position.

Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch drew second-row starting positions, while Chevrolet driver Chase Elliott drew the fifth starting position to share row three on the starting grid with Blaney’s Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano.

Separate drawings determined starting positions 13th through 24th and 25th through 36th on the starting grid. The final four spots on the 40-car grid were determined by owner points among four open, or non-chartered, teams.

Results from Saturday’s race will determine the starting grid for Sunday’s Pocono finale. The finishing positions of the top-20 drivers in Saturday’s race will be inverted for the start of Sunday’s race, putting the 20th-place finisher from Saturday and the pole for Sunday. The 21st through 40th-place finishers in Saturday’s race will start in the same positions for Sunday’s race.

Below, is the complete starting grid for Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325 at Pocono Raceway:

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