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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Kwik Trip 250 at Road America

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Kwik Trip 250 presented by Jockey Made in America at Road America

Defending Road America winner Chase Elliott starts from the pole.

The NASCAR Cup Series heads up north to Wisconsin this weekend for the 18th of 36 races on their season schedule, the Kwik Trip 250 presented by Jockey Made in America. The official halfway point comes at Road America on Independence Day Weekend, a 4.048-mile road course that’s hosting just its third Cup race since 1956.

The largest track on the schedule also takes the longest to get around: the pole-winning lap here this year was completed in a little over 2 minutes, 14 seconds. There are also plenty of passing opportunities on this expansive, 14-turn facility that produced 10 lead changes in just 62 laps last year. Compare that to a track like Bristol Dirt, a race that’s produced 11 lead changes in over 500 laps the past two seasons.

Chase Elliott won last year’s Road America race after charging up from the rear of the field (34th). He won’t have to do it this time around, earning the pole by less than .04 of a second over Chase Briscoe. Elliott is looking for his eighth road course win in less than four years, one of the best at this track type as he looks to keep padding his NASCAR points lead.

Thirty-seven drivers showed up to attempt the Kwik Trip 250, leaving the field four short of a full 40-car grid. For the first time in over a month, an unchartered team showed up to make the race: Team Hezeberg. Their No. 27 Ford is running this weekend with rookie Loris Hezemans.

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

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

Qualifying Notes

  • Chase Elliott (first) earned the 11th pole of his Cup Series career and first on a road course since Watkins Glen International back in 2019. That’s also the only time Elliott has won a race from the pole.
  • Chase Briscoe (second) was the highest-qualifying Ford driver
  • Kyle Larson (third) is seeking his first win since Auto Club Speedway back in February (15 races). He is still working with fill-in crew chief Kevin Meendering after Cliff Daniels was suspended due to a wheel coming off.
  • Austin Cindric (fourth) was the highest-qualifying rookie driver. He’s winless since the season-opening Daytona 500.
  • Michael McDowell (sixth) has his second top-10 starting spot in three races.
  • Joey Hand (ninth) has the best qualifying effort of his Cup career (four starts). He replaces J.J. Yeley behind the wheel of the Rick Ware Racing Ford.
  • Loris Hezemans (36th) is making the second Cup start of his career. He’s running a limited schedule with Team Hezeberg this season.
  • Kyle Tilley (37th) is replacing BJ McLeod behind the wheel of the Live Fast Motorsports No. 78 this week. Tilley made three road course Cup starts for the team last season.

NASCAR Race Breakdown

Race: Kwik Trip 250 presented by Jockey Made in America
Track: Road America (Elkhart, Wis.)
Date: Sunday, July 3
TV: USA Network, 3 p.m. ET
Distance: 62 laps (250 miles)
Stage 1: 15 Laps
Stage 2: 15 Laps
Stage 3: 32 Laps

Pre-Race Preview

The Frontstretch Podcast with Bryan Nolen welcomes Grant Enfinger to the program this week to chat about his 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Enfinger talks about his ride at GMS Racing and push for the playoffs before host Bryan Nolen and analyst Jack Swansey take a closer look at this weekend’s Cup race at Road America.