NASCAR Starting Lineup for Thursday's Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway

Points leader Kevin Harvick starts from the pole as NASCAR's second half of 2020 kicks off

The NASCAR Cup Series charges up the second half of the season Thursday night with the Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway. It’ll be the third straight points-paying race on a 1.5-mile oval after visits to Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month.

 

It’s a bit of a role reversal this week as the primetime show starts the weekend for NASCAR at Kansas. A trio of races for the sport’s lower divisions, Xfinity and Camping World Trucks, will follow before the sport takes its first breather on a Sunday since returning from its COVID-19 quarantine in the middle of May.

 

The sport made a major announcement this week they’ll go the rest of the season with no practice and on-track qualifying due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means Kansas had its lineup selected due to the qualifying draw procedure below. It’s the same one NASCAR has used almost exclusively since returning to the track and they’ve committed to using it through the rest of the regular season. (Officials are revisiting how to set the field for the 10-race playoffs).

 

Positions 1-12 were drawn among teams ranked 1st through 12th in the owner standings.

Positions 13-24 were drawn among teams ranked 13th through 24th in the owner standings.

Positions 25-36 were drawn among charter teams only (guaranteed spots on the grid) ranked 25th through 36th in owner points.

Positions 37-40 were set by owner points among the four “open” teams who must race in on speed every time out.

 

Points leader Kevin Harvick earned the pole position this time around for Kansas. It’s the first time the actual leader in the standings has drawn the top spot since NASCAR’s return from its two-month suspension due to COVID-19.

 

This week, 40 teams were entered for 40 spots on the grid, meaning everyone who entered made the race. The sport has now had a full field for six of the last seven Cup races.

 

1. Kevin Harvick

2. Joey Logano

3. Aric Almirola

4. Ryan Blaney

5. Martin Truex Jr.

6. Alex Bowman

7. Brad Keselowski

8. Kyle Busch

9. Kurt Busch

10. Denny Hamlin

11. Chase Elliott

12. Matt DiBenedetto

13. Chris Buescher

14. Matt Kenseth

15. William Byron

16. Austin Dillon

17. Bubba Wallace

18. Ryan Newman

19. Clint Bowyer

20. Jimmie Johnson

21. Erik Jones

22. Christopher Bell (R)

23. Tyler Reddick (R)

24. Cole Custer (R)

25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

26. Garrett Smithley (i)

27. Michael McDowell

28. JJ Yeley (i)

29. Brennan Poole (R)

30. John Hunter Nemechek (R)

31. Corey Lajoie

32. Quin Houff (R)

33. Josh Bilicki (i)

34. Joey Gase (i)

35. Ryan Preece

36. Ty Dillon

37. Daniel Suarez

38. Timmy Hill (i)

39. Reed Sorenson

40. BJ McLeod (i)

 

(R) – Rookie

(i) – Ineligible to collect Cup Series points

 

QUALIFYING NOTES

  • Kevin Harvick (pole) is starting up front for the first time since Texas last November. His four wins thus far in 2020 are tied for the series lead with Denny Hamlin.
  • Brad Keselowski (7th) is the defending race winner.
  • Christopher Bell (22nd) drew the highest qualifying spot among rookies.
  • Garrett Smithley (26th) hops behind the wheel of Spire Motorsports for the first time since Martinsville. Smithley sat out Texas and has run most of the year for Rick Ware Racing.
  • JJ Yeley (28th) is back in the No. 27 car this week, replacing Gray Gaulding who is only running for the team part-time.

NASCAR RACE BREAKDOWN

Race: Super Start Batteries 400

Track: Kansas Speedway (Kansas City)

Date: Thursday, July 23

Time: 7:47 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN, 7:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 267 laps (400 miles)

Stage 1: 80 Laps

Stage 2: 80 Laps

Final Stage: 107 Laps

 

PRE-RACE PREVIEW

Texas race winner Austin Dillon celebrated clinching a playoff bid by talking with Dustin Albino and Mike Neff on the Frontstretch podcast this week. Listen to Dillon dish on the improvements at RCR this season before the group turns around to talk Kansas.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 19:30
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