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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Wednesday's Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Wednesday's Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Wednesday's Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte Motor Speedway wraps up four races in four days with Wednesday night's Alsco Uniforms 500 for the NASCAR Cup Series. It's a sprint race compared to Sunday, the sport's longest race of the year, as teams will only run 208 laps around the 1.5-mile oval.

After experimenting with qualifying for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR is reverting back to special qualifying rules due to minimizing on-track time with the COVID-19 pandemic. The top-20 finishers from Sunday's race have been inverted, meaning Sunday's winner Brad Keselowski will start Wednesday night from the 20th position.

The 21st-place finisher on back from the Coca-Cola 600 will start Wednesday night's race from the same spot. In the case of Jimmie Johnson, who was disqualified after finishing second Sunday night, he'll be placed dead last in the 40-car field.

There were no additional entries for Wednesday's race and all teams are returning. That means the grid will remain at 40 cars with William Byron starting from the pole.

1. William Byron

2. Alex Bowman

3. Michael McDowell

4. Matt DiBenedetto

5. John Hunter Nemechek (R)

6. Aric Almirola

7. Austin Dillon

8. Joey Logano

9. Cole Custer (R)

10. Erik Jones

11. Chris Buescher

12. Christopher Bell (R)

13. Tyler Reddick (R)

14. Kurt Busch

15. Martin Truex Jr.

16. Kevin Harvick

17. Kyle Busch

18. Ryan Blaney

19. Chase Elliott

20. Brad Keselowski

21. Reed Sorenson

22. Ryan Preece

23. Corey Lajoie

24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

25. Ty Dillon

26. Matt Kenseth

27. Ryan Newman

28. Daniel Suarez

29. Denny Hamlin

30. Brennan Poole (R)

31. JJ Yeley (i)

32. BJ McLeod (i)

33. Garrett Smithley (i)

34. Timmy Hill (i)

35. Quin Houff (R)

36. Joey Gase (i)

37. Josh Bilicki (i)

38. Bubba Wallace

39. Clint Bowyer

40. Jimmie Johnson

(R) – Rookie

(i) – Ineligible to collect Cup Series points


  • William Byron (1st) won the pole here for last year’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. However, this one doesn’t count toward the 2021 Busch Clash due to NASCAR’s qualifying rules.
  • Michael McDowell (3rd) has the best starting position of his 13-year Cup Series career (328 starts).
  • Rookie John Hunter Nemechek (5th) has the best starting spot of his young Cup career. (10 starts). It’s the first time Front Row Motorsports has put two cars in the top 5 in Cup Series qualifying.
  • Reed Sorenson (21st) replaces Ross Chastain for this race behind the wheel of the Spire Motorsports Chevrolet. Sponsorship is coming from AquestaBank.
  • JJ Yeley (31st) moves back to the No. 27 Ford, replacing Gray Gaulding after his two-race sponsorship deal with Panini America.
  • Josh Bilicki (37th) moves to the Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet which is making its third start of the season, all since the COVID-19 quarantine was lifted. He replaces JJ Yeley.
  • Jimmie Johnson (40th) will remain at the back of the field after his Hendrick Motorsports team chose not to appeal his Sunday DQ due to his rear alignment failing post-race inspection.


Race: Alsco Uniforms 500

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Date: Wednesday, May 27

Time: 8:25 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 6 p.m. ET


Distance: 500 kilometers (228 laps)

Stage 1: 55 Laps

Stage 2: 60 Laps

Final Stage: 93 Laps


Stock Car Scoop with Bryan Nolen takes a look at how Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 shook out along with a look at tonight’s starting lineup.