Monday, May 23, 2022

Jacques Villeneuve, Noah Gragson Lock into 2022 Daytona 500 Via Qualifying Speed

Villeneuve Gragson Make the 2022 Daytona 500
Jacques Villeneuve and Noah Gragson both clocked their way into the 2022 Daytona 500 as they were the top-two open cars in Round 1 of Daytona 500 qualifying.

With the first half of pole qualifying for the 2022 Daytona 500 complete, we can now officially say that Jacques Villeneuve and Noah Gragson will take the green flag in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series season-opener.

Gragson, driving the No. 62 for Beard Motorsports, posted the fastest lap of the six ‘open entries’ on Wednesday night, locking himself into ‘The Great American Race’.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series winner attempted to qualify for the 2021 edition of the event but was swept up in a late-race accident in his duel race, resulting in his failure to qualify.

Villeneuve, driving for the newly-formed Team Hezeberg powered by Reaume Brothers Racing, has locked into his first career Daytona 500, after failing to qualify nearly 15 years ago for Bill Davis Racing.

The 50-year-old posted the second-fastest lap of the ‘open entries’ in single-vehicle qualifying, edging out the No. 50 Chevrolet Camaro by less than a tenth of a second.

Kaz Grala and Greg Biffle posted the third and fourth quickest times of the six ‘open entries’ in the session, meaning they’ll either have to race their way in through the duels or fall back on qualifying speed should Gragson or Villeneuve race in through the duels.

MBM Motorsports teammates JJ Yeley and Timmy Hill posted the two slowest times in the session, which means both drivers will have to race in through their duel race, if they are hoping to qualify for the 2022 Daytona 500.

Here are the final results of Round 1 of 2022 Daytona 500 qualifying for the drivers of the Open teams:

Open RankPosCarDriverManuDiffLaptimeSpeed
13362Noah GragsonChevrolet-0.92450.689177.553
23627Jacques VilleneuveFord-1.24551.010176.436
33750Kaz GralaChevrolet-1.32951.094176.146
43844Greg BiffleChevrolet-1.33551.100176.125
54155JJ YeleyFord-2.24052.005173.060
64266Timmy HillFord-2.49852.263172.206

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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