NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway

Fords take top three spots for Sunday's run at The Tricky Triangle

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moves into the second part of its northern swing as it heads to Pocono Raceway this weekend for the Gander RV 400. Located in the mountains of Pennsylvania, the 2.5-mile, three-turn track has affectionately gained the nickname The Tricky Triangle. Its layout makes it one of the most unique and challenging courses on the NASCAR schedule.

 

This is the Cup Series’ second Pocono stop of the season, as Kyle Busch dominated the race there on June 2. Next season, NASCAR will combine the two Pocono dates into one doubleheader weekend, with the first race coming on a Saturday in June and the second on the following day.

 

Busch has won three of the past four Pocono races, but it was all Blue Ovals in qualifying, as Ford took the top three spots on Saturday evening (July 27). Kevin Harvick won the pole for the race, while the Fords of Joey Logano and Aric Almirola will start the race in second and third. Busch, meanwhile, will have to come from the seventh position if he is to continue his Pocono hot streak.

 

Only 38 cars including two unchartered teams, the No. 27 of Reed Sorenson and the No. 53 of Josh Bilicki, showed up to compete this weekend. That means no one failed to qualify as NASCAR continues to struggle to find new owners, manufacturers and teams to fill the rest of its 40-car grid.

 

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Joey Logano
3. Aric Almirola
4. Erik Jones
5. Austin Dillon
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Kyle Busch
8. William Byron
9. Kurt Busch
10. Daniel Suarez
11. Martin Truex Jr.
12. Denny Hamlin
13. Matt DiBenedetto
14. Brad Keselowski
15. Alex Bowman
16. Clint Bowyer
17. Michael McDowell
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
19. David Ragan
20. Ryan Blaney
21. Paul Menard
22. Daniel Hemric
23. Chase Elliott
24. Ryan Newman
25. Ryan Preece
26. Bubba Wallace
27. Matt Tifft
28. Chris Buescher
29. Kyle Larson
30. Corey LaJoie
31. Landon Cassill (i)
32. Ty Dillon
33. Josh Bilicki (i)
34. BJ McLeod (i)
35. Ross Chastain (i)
36. Reed Sorenson
37. Quin Houff
38. Austin Theriault

 

(i) - Ineligible to collect Cup Series points

 

Failed To Qualify

None

 

Qualifying Notes

 

  • Kevin Harvick won his fourth pole award of the season, snapping a tie with Austin Dillon and William Byron for the most in the Cup Series. It is the 29th of Harvick’s career, but his first at Pocono.
  • Joey Logano will start on the front row for the fourth time this season and the fifth time in his career at Pocono. Logano won at Pocono in 2012.
  • Aric Almirola will start in the top three for the seventh time this season, but he has yet to finish there in 2019.
  • Erik Jones was the fastest qualifying Toyota in fourth. It ties his best starting spot of the season, which he has now done four times in 2019.
  • Austin Dillon was the top Chevrolet in qualifying in fifth. He has now qualified in the top five seven times this season, including three pole awards. Dillon has yet to finish in the top five in 2019.
  • Daniel Hemric was the fastest rookie in 22nd.
  • Kyle Larson qualified 29th for his second-worst qualifying effort of the season. He was 31st at ISM Raceway earlier this season.

 

NASCAR RACE BREAKDOWN

Race: Gander RV 400

Track: Pocono Raceway (Long Pond, Pa.)

Date: Sunday, July 28

Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN

Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 160 laps (400 miles)

Stage 1: 50 Laps

Stage 2: 50 Laps

Final Stage: 60 Laps

 

PRE-POCONO NEWS

 

Matt DiBenedetto talks about his top five at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, while Dustin Albino and Mike Neff break down Pocono in the latest edition of the Frontstretch Podcast.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 15:00
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