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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway

NASCAR Cup Series Starting Lineup for the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway

Joey Logano hopes to tame the Lady in Black from the pole

The Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday marks the finale of another successful NASCAR Throwback Weekend. A wide variety of popular old paint schemes have been on display, including Jeff Gordon’s DuPont fire scheme from the early 2000s and a replica Lee Petty paint job from the first Daytona 500-winning car in 1959.

You can view a full list of Throwback schemes here. The nostalgia also makes its way into the FOX Sports telecast as Richard Petty, Bobby Labonte and Bill Elliott will share an analyst role in the broadcast booth.

On the racetrack, NASCAR’s Next Gen chassis continues to pose a challenge as it debuts on this egg-shaped 1.366-mile oval. None other than the points leader, Chase Elliott, lost it in practice, forced into a backup car after a hard crash. He joined Kevin Harvick and BJ McLeod as drivers who chose not to make a qualifying attempt.

Joey Logano, still seeking his first career Darlington victory, won the pole in his No. 22 Ford. Team Penske has now won six poles on the year to lead all Cup Series organizations although they haven’t been able to close the deal: Austin Cindric’s season-opening Daytona 500 triumph remains their only win.

Just 36 teams chose to enter the Darlington event, all of them chartered cars who are guaranteed a spot in the field. It’s the second straight race none of the "open" teams have showed up, leaving four spots empty on NASCAR’s 40-car grid.

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

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

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Qualifying Notes

  • Joey Logano (first) earned his first pole position on speed since Michigan International Speedway in June 2019. Now, he’ll hope to break a winless drought that extends back to the Bristol Dirt Race in March of 2021.
  • Kyle Larson (second) was the highest-qualifying Chevrolet. He’s still seeking his first Darlington victory after finishing runner-up at this track three straight times.
  • Christopher Bell (third) was the highest-qualifying Toyota.
  • Martin Truex Jr. (fourth) is the defending winner of this race.
  • Brothers Kyle Busch (fifth) and Kurt Busch (sixth) start side-by-side on the third row.
  • Austin Cindric (19th) was the highest-qualifying rookie.
  • Denny Hamlin (22nd) will have to move to the rear of the field after making unapproved adjustments on his car.
  • Daniel Hemric (24th) replaces AJ Allmendinger behind the wheel at Kaulig Racing’s No. 16 Chevrolet. Hemric, Allmendinger and Noah Gragson are splitting a full season in the car.
  • JJ Yeley (32nd) replaces Ryan Preece in the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford. Yeley is one of several drivers running a limited schedule for this team.
  • Landon Cassill (33rd) slides behind the wheel of the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet, replacing Josh Bilicki. Cassill and Bilicki are splitting the majority of races in this car.
  • Chase Elliott (34th) is last week’s winner and the current Cup Series point leader.
  • Kevin Harvick (35th) would have started at the rear of the field anyway due to unapproved adjustments.

NASCAR Race Breakdown

Race: Goodyear 400
Track: Darlington Raceway (Darlington, S.C.)
Date: Sunday, May 8
TV: FS1, 3:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 293 laps (400 miles)
Stage 1: 90 Laps
Stage 2: 95 Laps
Final Stage: 108 Laps

Pre-Race Preview

The Frontstretch Podcast and host Davey Segal turns to a crew chief this week as Drew Blickensderfer dishes about his reunion with Aric Almirola in the driver’s final full-time season of NASCAR competition. Then, the focus turns to the Lady In Black and which Cup driver might be best positioned to conquer The Track Too Tough To Tame.

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