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NASCAR lineup at Charlotte: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race with qualifying


NASCAR conducted qualifying for just the fourth time this season Saturday when drivers took one lap each around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway track to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET; Fox, TSN, PRN).

On-track qualifying is a rarity this season as NASCAR tries to limit the amount of time teams spend at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Only eight races total are scheduled to have practice and qualifying in 2021; Charlotte was No. 4, joining Daytona (for the Daytona 500), Bristol’s dirt track and Circuit of the Americas.

The remaining sessions will be for new tracks on the schedule (Nashville, Road America and Indianapolis’ road course) and the season-ending Championship 4 race at Phoenix.

Below is the starting lineup, which was set with qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Charlotte?

Kyle Larson turned the fastest lap in qualifying, edging out Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott. Larson knocked Elliott off the top spot with his run.

He completed his lap in 29.953 seconds for a speed of 180.282 mph. He wasn’t convinced his car was that fast as he was wheeling it around the track, however.

“Felt really balanced, so a lot of times, if that’s the case, you think it might be slow,” he told FS1’s Vince Welch.

Austin Dillon, who led Friday’s practice, qualified sixth.

NASCAR starting lineup at Charlotte

Driver Car No. Team
Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing
Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
Cody Ware 53 Rick Ware Racing
James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing
Garrett Smithley 51 Petty Ware Racing
Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
David Starr 66 Motorsports Business Management




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