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NASCAR Starting Lineup at Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Starting Lineup at Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Starting Lineup at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Here’s the starting lineup for today’s (Feb. 24) Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Only 37 drivers and teams attempted the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season; that leaves three open spots on the grid.

Aric Almirola won the pole with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. starting on the outside of the front row. It’s just the second pole of Almirola’s career and first since 2012; his career average start is just 20.5. All speeds were down significantly under NASCAR’s new handling package; Almirola’s 181.473 mph was three mph slower than last year.

1. Aric Almirola

2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

3. Clint Bowyer

4. Denny Hamlin

5. Daniel Suarez

6. Kyle Busch

7. Kyle Larson

8. Kurt Busch

9. Martin Truex Jr.

10. Austin Dillon

11. Jimmie Johnson

12. Michael McDowell

13. Ryan Newman

14. Paul Menard

15. Erik Jones

16. Alex Bowman

17. William Byron

18. Kevin Harvick

19. Brad Keselowski

20. Matt DiBenedetto

21. Ty Dillon

22. Chase Elliott

23. David Ragan

24. Corey Lajoie

25. Ryan Preece

26. Ryan Blaney

27. Joey Logano

28. Daniel Hemric

29. Bubba Wallace

30. Chris Buescher

31. Matt Tifft

32. Ross Chastain

33. Landon Cassill

34. Parker Kligerman

35. Garrett Smithley

36. Cody Ware

37. B.J. McLeod

Failed To Qualify: None


  • Almirola’s only other pole came at the 2012 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte driving for Richard Petty Motorsports. He finished 16th in that race.
  • It’s the best qualifying effort for Stenhouse since winning the pole at Talladega back in the spring of 2017. His only other pole besides that? Atlanta, back in 2013.
  • Fords swept the top 3 spots in qualifying and four of the top 5. The best-qualifying Chevrolet, meanwhile, was Kyle Larson back in seventh. Hendrick Motorsports didn’t put a car inside the top 10 after sweeping the Daytona 500 front row last week.
  • Kligerman is running the second straight race for the part-time No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota. The team expects to run about a dozen races this year.
  • Garrett Smithley jumps in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports car this week. It’s the same No. 40 driven by Jamie McMurray last week in the final Cup race of his career; they’ll renumber it 77 the rest of the season. Spire plans to use a variety of drivers based on sponsorship after purchasing the now-defunct Furniture Row Racing charter in the offseason.


Race: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500

Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Date: Sunday, February 24

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 1 p.m. ET


Distance: 500 miles (325 laps)

Stage 1: 85 Laps

Stage 2: 85 Laps

Final Stage: 155 Laps


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