NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

Austin Dillon starts up front as he attempts a midseason turnaround with RCR

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series jumps back off a road course detour this weekend, moving onto the 1.5-mile oval of Chicagoland Speedway for the running of the 2019 Camping World 400. The 17th event of the MENCS season is also the first for NBC, taking over TV coverage from FOX for the final four months of the year.

 

The one-week break from intermediate tracks gave teams an opportunity to step back and retool their setups. For Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing, they're looking to make the most of that opportunity after a year-long struggle to adjust to the new handling package. Dillon earned his third pole of the year Saturday (June 29), trying to stem the tide of a slump that's seen him run seven straight races outside the top 10.

 

It was top billing in another strong qualifying performance by the Bowtie Brigade. Chevrolets earned four of the top five spots and have now won 10 of 17 pole positions contested this year. But their speed hasn't translated into race trim; only Chase Elliott has wheeled the Camaro into victory lane so far this season (Talladega).

 

Thirty-eight cars attempted to qualify for 40 spots at Chicagoland, meaning all drivers made the race. The series hasn't had a full field of cars since the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.

 

1. Austin Dillon

2. Kevin Harvick

3. Daniel Hemric

4. Jimmie Johnson

5. Kurt Busch

6. Clint Bowyer

7. Michael McDowell

8. Alex Bowman

9. Denny Hamlin

10. Ryan Blaney

11. William Byron

12. Brad Keselowski

13. Chase Elliott

14. Kyle Larson

15. Aric Almirola

16. Ryan Newman

17. Kyle Busch

18. Martin Truex Jr.

19. Joey Logano

20. Ty Dillon

21. Erik Jones

22. Matt Tifft

23. Ryan Preece

24. David Ragan

25. Paul Menard

26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

27. Bubba Wallace

28. Chris Buescher

29. Daniel Suarez

30. Matt DiBenedetto

31. Corey Lajoie

32. Ross Chastain (i)

33. Bayley Currey (i)

34. Landon Cassill (i)

35. BJ McLeod (i)

36. Quin Houff

37. Josh Bilicki (i)

38. Reed Sorenson

 

(i) - Ineligible to collect Cup Series points

 

Failed To Qualify

None

 

QUALIFYING NOTES

  • Austin Dillon earned his third pole of 2019, setting a new season high. Half of his six career Cup Series poles have come this year.
  • Kevin Harvick (second) has his fourth straight top-5 start on an intermediate track.
  • Daniel Hemric (third) was the highest qualifying rookie. This is also the best starting spot of his Cup Series career.
  • Jimmie Johnson (fourth) has his first top-5 starting spot since winning the pole at Texas in April.
  • Michael McDowell (seventh) produced his best qualifying effort since the fall of 2014 at Talladega.
  • Denny Hamlin (ninth) was the fastest-qualifying Toyota.
  • Bayley Currey (33rd) is back with Rick Ware Racing for the first time since Pocono in early June. He’ll drive their No. 52 Ford with sponsorship from Monarch Crypto Wallet.
  • BJ McLeod (35th) is running a Rick Ware Racing car for the first time since Charlotte. He’ll slide behind the wheel of the No. 51 Ford.
  • Quin Houff (36th) returns to Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 for his ninth start with the team.
  • Josh Bilicki (37th) makes his second start in three weeks with Rick Ware Racing. He’ll drive a third car for the organization, the No. 53 unchartered Chevrolet with sponsorship from InsuranceKing.com.
  • Reed Sorenson (38th) makes his tenth start of the year in an unchartered Premium Motorsports car (the No. 27).

 

NASCAR RACE BREAKDOWN

Race: Camping World 400

Track: Chicagoland Speedway (Joliet, Ill.)

Date: Sunday, June 30

Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN

Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 267 laps (Approx. 400 miles)

Stage 1: 80 Laps

Stage 2: 80 Laps

Final Stage: 107 Laps

 

PRE-RACE ANALYSIS

Todd Gilliland stops by to talk life at Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series before Mike Neff and Dustin Albino look ahead to Chicagoland Speedway with this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 15:00
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