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NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta starting lineup: Chase Elliott on pole after qualifying rained out

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Chase Elliott has been awarded the pole for the Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after heavy rain washed out qualifying on Saturday afternoon. By virtue of the NASCAR rulebook, the starting lineup was set by the rulebook’s qualifying metric, meaning that Elliott will start on pole by virtue of his run last week at Road America.

Elliott will be flanked on the front row by Ross Chastain, while Tyler Reddick will start fourth after winning last week at Road America. William Byron, who won the spring race at Atlanta, will start 13th.

With Saturday’s washout, this year saw Atlanta qualifying be rained out in both the springtime and summer. Qualifying for Atlanta’s spring race was also rained out, with Chase Briscoe being awarded the pole as a result. Briscoe will start 14th on Sunday.

Two teams had issues in pre-qualifying tech inspection, with both Garrett Smithley and B.J. McLeod’s cars failing inspection twice. As a result, both Smithley’s Rick Ware Racing team and McLeod’s Live Fast Motorsports teams have lost pit selection and had a crew member ejected from the weekend.

Quaker State 400 starting lineup

  1. #9 – Chase Elliott
  2. #1 – Ross Chastain
  3. #5 – Kyle Larson
  4. #8 – Tyler Reddick
  5. #2 – Austin Cindric (R)
  6. #12 – Ryan Blaney
  7. #99 – Daniel Suarez
  8. #48 – Alex Bowman
  9. #19 – Martin Truex Jr.
  10. #4 – Kevin Harvick
  11. #17 – Chris Buescher
  12. #34 – Michael McDowell
  13. #24 – William Byron
  14. #14 – Chase Briscoe
  15. #20 – Christopher Bell
  16. #11 – Denny Hamlin
  17. #22 – Joey Logano
  18. #41 – Cole Custer
  19. #18 – Kyle Busch
  20. #47 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  21. #45 – Kurt Busch
  22. #10 – Aric Almirola
  23. #42 – Ty Dillon
  24. #31 – Justin Haley
  25. #43 – Erik Jones
  26. #3 – Austin Dillon
  27. #21 – Harrison Burton (R)
  28. #38 – Todd Gilliland (R)
  29. #16 – Noah Gragson
  30. #7 – Corey LaJoie
  31. #6 – Brad Keselowski
  32. #23 – Bubba Wallace
  33. #15 – Garrett Smithley
  34. #51 – Cody Ware
  35. #78 – B.J. McLeod
  36. #77 – Landon Cassill

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