NASCAR conducted qualifying for the fourth time this season on Saturday as the drivers each turned one lap around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway to establish the starting lineup for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET; Fox, TSN , PRN).
Qualifying on the track is a rarity this season as NASCAR tries to limit the amount of time teams spend on the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Only eight races in total are scheduled for practice and qualifying in 2021; Charlotte was No. 4, joining Daytona (for the Daytona 500), the Bristol dirt track and the Circuit of the Americas.
The remaining sessions will be for the new calendar tracks (Nashville, Road America and the Indianapolis Speedway) and the season-ending Championship 4 race in Phoenix.
Below is the starting lineup, which was established with qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Who won pole for the NASCAR race at Charlotte?
Kyle Larson made the fastest lap in qualifying, beating Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott. Larson knocked Elliott out of first place with his career.
He completed his lap in 29.953 seconds for a speed of 180.282 mph. However, he was not convinced that his car was that fast as he drove it down the track.
“I 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 practice Friday, qualified sixth.
NASCAR starting lineup in Charlotte
|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 placeholder image||99||Trackhouse racing|
|Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Ryan blaney||12||Penske Team|
|Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Brad Keselowski||two||Penske Team|
|Denny Hamlin||eleven||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|Joey logano||22||Penske Team|
|Christopher bell||twenty||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Bubba wallace||2. 3||23XI Races|
|Erik jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Kyle busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Chase briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Matt DiBenedetto||twenty-one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Michael McDowell||3. 4||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|
|what houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|BJ McLeod||78||Live fast motor sports|
|Cody Ware||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|James davison||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|
|Garrett smithley||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|Josh bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|David starr||66||Business Management of Motorsports|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.