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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Starting Lineup for NASCAR Cup Series' Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Tyler Reddick earns the pole for Richard Childress Racing at Indy, seeking his second straight win on a road course

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the 14-turn, 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the 22nd race of the year. Just five regular-season races remain in the 2022 season as the race to the postseason heats up.

There are two playoff spots remaining for a new winner hoping to conquer this unique layout contained within the IMS 2.5-mile oval. The course is highlighted by two long straightaways, one between turns 6 and 7 and one coming off turn 14 that runs right through the start/finish line. On either end of them are a handful of tight corners and hard braking zones that can prove challenging for even the sport’s best road racers.

“The restarts were really intense,” Kyle Larson explained based on his experience in last year’s event. “Turn one is a really wide and deep braking zone, so you can get four or five-wide before it narrows down in the corner. You have to find the confidence to brake deep so you don’t get bombed and that is difficult. It’s nice that it doesn’t have any elevation. It’s a fast-paced, ‘flowy’ type of road course.”

One thing you won’t see from IMS in 2022 are the “turtle” like curbs designed to slow the cars down at various parts of the track. Instead, they caused a number of mechanical issues, tearing up the underbodies while causing a handful of on-track incidents.

“I think it was pretty obvious,” said Kevin Harvick, “That we didn’t need curbs that were 90 degrees to the racing direction on the racetrack that did nothing but tear up cars. In the end, we even tore down the basic ones. I think they’ve got all that rectified this season and, hopefully, we won’t have any of that happen. I think permanent, concrete, smoother curbs – all of that is better.”

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Tyler Reddick took the pole for Sunday’s event, his first of the season and second of his Cup career. Reddick will look to continue Chevrolet’s hot streak on road courses; the Bowtie Brigade has won nine straight since Christopher Bell’s Toyota took the checkers at Daytona International Speedway’s road course in February 2021.

Thirty-eight cars showed up to attempt this event, leaving the Cup Series two short of a full 40-car field. All 36 chartered teams came along with two “open” cars, both from Team Hezeberg: a No. 26 driven by former Formula 1 driver Daniil Kyvat and the No. 27 manned by Loris Hezemans.

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

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

Qualifying Notes

  • Both of Tyler Reddick’s (first) career NASCAR Cup Series pole positions have come on road courses. He’s also the most recent winner on this track type, earning his first career Cupp victory at Road America earlier this month.
  • Austin Cindric (second) was the highest-qualifying rookie. He’ll be looking to break a losing streak from Ford on road courses; no Blue Oval driver has won on them since Ryan Blaney at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL in October 2018.
  • Christopher Bell (fourth) was the highest-qualifying Toyota. He now has 10 top-5 qualifying efforts in 22 Cup races this season.
  • Todd Gilliland (ninth) earned the best starting spot of his Cup career.
  • AJ Allmendinger (20th) is the defending winner of this event.
  • Kyle Larson (22nd) led the most laps in last year’s race (28).
  • Ty Gibbs (26th) will run his second straight race in the No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota after Kurt Busch was ruled out with concussion-like symptoms that have yet to heal.
  • Joey Hand (27th) replaces JJ Yeley behind the wheel of the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford. Hand is making his fourth start of the season, running the road courses for RWR.
  • Loris Hezemans (34th) makes his third start of the year with the No. 27 Team Hezeberg Toyota. The rookie is running a limited schedule with the team this season, eyeing a potential full-time run in 2023.
  • Daniil Kyvat (36th) will be making his Cup debut this morning behind the wheel of a second Team Hezeberg Toyota (No. 26). Kyvat has 110 career Formula 1 starts and three podium finishes, running the series from 2014-20.
  • Josh Williams (37th) replaces BJ McLeod behind the wheel of the No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford. Williams, a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, ran 25th in his other Cup start for the team back in April (Bristol Dirt Race).

NASCAR Race Breakdown

Race: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
Date: Sunday, July 31
TV: NBC, 2:30 p.m. ET
Radio: IMS, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 82 laps (200 miles)
Stage 1: 15 Laps
Stage 2: 20 Laps
Stage 3: 47 Laps

Pre-Race Preview

Chase Purdy stops by The Frontstretch Podcast with Bryan Nolen this week to talk about his second full-time season in the Camping World Truck Series and running for Hattori Racing. Then, co-host Dalton Hopkins joins Nolen as they take a closer look at the upcoming Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course race and what surprise winners could emerge from a crowded field of contenders.