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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway

Denny Hamlin wins the pole as the second round of qualifying gets washed out in the Music City.

The NASCAR Cup Series marches into the Music City this weekend for the second running of the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. This 1.33-mile oval was revived in 2021, a sold-out crowd welcoming the first Cup-level race back to the region since the old Nashville Fairgrounds track in 1984.

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Nashville is a tricky mix of both short track and intermediate characteristics, tough on brakes with its tight turns but capable of providing passing opportunities. It also proved tricky last season, 11 caution flags littered throughout the race and the course has already dealt out a wreck in qualifying: Kyle Busch spun out and will start dead last.

So what’s the trick to getting around one of the newer tracks introduced to the Cup schedule?

“People fought for that bottom line,” Austin Dillon said about last year’s race. “You really had to be disciplined and not miss your exit leaving the corner. The car that rotated the most was pretty good.”

The teams will have a few extra obstacles for the second edition of this race. One is the sport’s Next Gen chassis, once again making its debut at a concrete facility armed with a unique track length and layout. But Mother Nature will also play a role, temperatures expected to reach 95 degrees at race time as drivers attempt to adjust to a track expected to be hot and slick throughout its entire 400-mile length.

Rain has also made an unwelcome appearance this weekend, washing out the second round of qualifying. That locked in Denny Hamlin on the pole, the lone Toyota team to qualify inside the top 5 positions with Joey Logano starting alongside. The top 20 drivers were separated by just three-tenths of a second after round one as parity continues to reign supreme with this new car.

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Thirty-six drivers showed up to attempt the race, leaving the field four short of a full 40-car grid. All those who entered were guaranteed a starting spot, full-time organizations possessing a charter under NASCAR’s version of a franchise system.

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Joey Logano
3. Kyle Larson
4. Chase Elliott
5. Daniel Suarez
6. Ryan Blaney
7. Ross Chastain
8. Kevin Harvick
9. Christopher Bell
10. Martin Truex Jr.
11. Aric Almirola
12. Alex Bowman
13. William Byron
14. AJ Allmendinger (i)
15. Chris Buescher
16. Tyler Reddick
17. Cole Custer
18. Michael McDowell
19. Kurt Busch
20. Austin Dillon
21. Justin Haley
22. Corey LaJoie
23. Erik Jones
24. Austin Cindric (R)
25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
26. Harrison Burton (R)
27. Brad Keselowski
28. Chase Briscoe
29. Ty Dillon
30. Bubba Wallace
31. Cody Ware
32. JJ Yeley (i)
33. Todd Gilliland (R)
34. Josh Bilicki (i)
35. BJ McLeod (i)
36. Kyle Busch

(R) – Rookie
(i) – Ineligible to collect Cup Series points

Qualifying Notes

  • Denny Hamlin (first) earned his second pole of the season in his Toyota and the 35th of his Cup career.
  • Joey Logano (second) is the highest-qualifying Ford.
  • Kyle Larson (third) is the race’s defending winner and the highest-qualifying Chevrolet. He’ll also be working with a new crew chief, Kevin Meendering, after Cliff Daniels was suspended four weeks for a wheel that came off during the last NASCAR race at Sonoma.
  • Daniel Suarez (fifth) was the winner of the last NASCAR Cup race on the schedule (Sonoma).
  • AJ Allmendinger (14th) earned his best Cup starting spot of the season.
  • Austin Cindric (24th) was the highest-qualifying rookie.
  • Bubba Wallace (30th) was the fastest car during the lone Cup practice session on Friday.
  • JJ Yeley (32nd) replaces Joey Hand behind the wheel of the Rick Ware Racing Ford. Yeley is running a limited schedule for the team this season.
  • BJ McLeod (35th) replaces Scott Heckert in the Live Fast Motorsports Ford he co-owns with Matt Tifft. McLeod runs the majority of races for this team.

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NASCAR Race Breakdown

Race: Ally 400
Track: Nashville Superspeedway (Lebanon, Tenn.)
Date: Sunday, June 26
TV: NBC, 5:00 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 300 laps (400 miles)
Stage 1: 90 Laps
Stage 2: 95 Laps
Stage 3: 115 Laps

Pre-Race Preview

The Frontstretch Podcast with Bryan Nolen welcomes Brad Perez to the show this week. The Camping World Truck Series driver talks about running the NASCAR road courses before Bryan and Stephen Stumpf turn to Cup, looking ahead to this weekend’s action at Nashville Superspeedway.

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