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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Starting AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series Starting Lineup for the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway

Christopher Bell earns his third pole of the season as tire issues pop up during qualifying

The AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway marks the 13th race of the NASCAR Cup Series season. It’s one of two race dates at this 1.5-mile oval, which also makes an appearance during the first round of the playoffs on Sept. 16.

Like other intermediate tracks this season, teams are struggling to get a handle on the car with the sport’s new NextGen chassis. This time, Goodyear isn’t helping, an issue with left rears causing about a half-dozen drivers issues in qualifying. Among those who hit the outside wall include last week’s Darlington winner, Joey Logano, and Dover pole-sitter Chris Buescher.

In the end, car control was mastered by former dirt track star Christopher Bell, winning his third pole of the year for Joe Gibbs Racing. Tyler Reddick and Kyle Larson followed close behind, all drivers known for racing the high line. Reddick has compared the NextGen at Kansas to the way you need to drive Homestead-Miami Speedway: ride your car right against the outside wall throughout all four turns of this tri-oval.

Will the tire problems continue into Sunday’s race (May 15)? It’s hard to say. Goodyear claims the issue can be traced to teams running lower-than-recommended air pressures but it’s never good to see that many go flat during practice and a qualifying session. Keep in mind we’ve seen an above-average number of cautions this year due to difficulties navigating these intermediate tracks; Kansas may prove the latest example.

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Just the 36 chartered teams showed up to attempt the AdventHealth 400, leaving the field four short of its typical 40-car grid. No "open" cars who need to qualify for a spot have entered a Cup race since Talladega Superspeedway at the end of April.

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

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

Qualifying Notes

  • Christopher Bell (first) earned the third pole of his Cup career, all of them coming during the 2022 Cup season. Bell is still seeking his first career Cup victory on an oval track.
  • Tyler Reddick (second) was the highest-qualifying Chevrolet driver in the field.
  • Austin Cindric (fourth) was the highest-qualifying Ford driver and rookie in the starting lineup. It’s the first top-5 starting position for Cindric since Las Vegas in March.
  • Kyle Busch (sixth) is this race’s defending winner.
  • Kevin Harvick (23rd) has finished fourth or better at this track in four straight races.
  • Noah Gragson (28th) replaces Daniel Hemric behind the wheel of the Kaulig Racing No. 16 Chevrolet this week. They’re splitting the Cup schedule in this car along with AJ Allmendinger.
  • Josh Bilicki (33rd) replaces Landon Cassill in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet. Bilicki is running a limited schedule in the car this season.
  • Joey Logano (34th) was last week’s winner at Darlington. He, Chris Buescher (35th) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (36th) will start at the rear after tire issues in qualifying.

NASCAR Race Breakdown

Race: AdventHealth 400
Track: Kansas Speedway (Kansas City, Kan.)
Date: Sunday, May 15
TV: FS1, 3 p.m. ET
Distance: 267 laps (400 miles)
Stage 1: 80 Laps
Stage 2: 80 Laps
Final Stage: 107 Laps

Pre-Race Preview

Michael McDowell joins the Frontstretch Podcast and hosts Davey Segal and Bryan Nolen this week to chat about the progress made by the sport’s Next Gen chassis. The 2021 Daytona 500 winner then reviews his solid season to date before the podcast turns toward Kansas and a preview of what’s likely to be a wide-open AdventHealth 400.

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