Atlanta Motor Speedway: Starting Lineup – NASCAR Cup Series

Atlanta Motor Speedway qualifying results from February 23, 2018

Today, they set the field for Sunday’s main event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.

View the Atlanta Motor Speedway starting lineup below.

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Round 1

The top 24 advance to round two.

Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr have yet to make it through pre-qualifying inspection. Johnson and the Hendrick Motorsports team are on their 3rd attempt through the new OSS machine.

Brad Keselowski to the top of the board.

5 minutes remain in round 1, Jimmie Johnson is on track. Elliott is out and Blaney is on the bubble. Blaney is bumped. Buescher bumps Hamlin. Two minutes remain, Hamlin re-enters the track, he was 6th quickest on opening round practice. Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon is on the bubble.

1 minutes left, Chase Elliott pulled out to run a lap, he bailed. Austin Dillon sits on pit road. Hamlin bumps his way into round 2 and bumps Dillon.

“I think I’m ready for a nap, it’s been a long week,” Austin Dillon tells FS1.

Martin Truex Jr did not make it out of qualifying in time to make a lap. The time did not submit the car for a 4th attempt through the OSS.

Round 1 Results: 1. Brad Keselowski (29.737); 2. Kevin Harvick (29.869); 3. Clint Bowyer (29.988); 4. Kyle Larson; 5. Jamie McMurray; 6. Daniel Suarez; 7. William Byron; 8. Ryan Newman; 9. Joey Logano; 10. Kurt Busch; 11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr; 12. Kyle Busch;

Round 2

The top 12 advance to round three.

Denny Hamlin is the only car to transfer into round 2 with more than a single run on his tires. Tires are very important on this worn out surface.

Harvick leads at the mid-way point in round 2 of knockout qualifying. Johnson is sliding all over the 3rd lane in turns 1-2 on his lap, 19th quick.

1 minute to go, Hamlin, Wallace and Buescher all hit the track at the last second. Wallace is 18th. Hamlin makes it! Barely, he’s 12th quickest.

Round 2 Results: 1. Kevin harvick (30.043); 2. Daniel Suarez (30.084); 3. Kyle Larson (30.101); 4. Brad Keselowski; 5. Kurt Busch; 6. Kyle Busch; 7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr; 8. Ryan Newman; 9. Aric Almirola; 10. Clint Bowyer; 11. Erik Jones; 12. Denny Hamlin;

Round 3

A five minute session, the race for the pole. Kevin Harvick hits the track first, he’s done that in all three sessions.

“Too tight into turn 1,” Harvick radio. Despite that, he leads with 3 minutes remaining. 4 cars have turned a lap so far.

2 minutes remain, the Rocketman Ryan Newman goes to the top.

30 seconds to go, Kyle Busch to the top! He’ll start from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Denny Hamlin did not turn a lap in round 3. Aric Almirola started a lap then bailed on his attempt.

View the full Atlanta Motor Speedway qualifying results below.

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Starting Lineup

Pos | Driver | Time

1. Kyle Busch

2. Ryan Newman

3. Kevin Harvick

4. Daniel Suarez

5. Brad Keselowski

6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr

7. Kurt Busch

8. Kyle Larson

9. Clint Bowyer

10. Erik Jones

11. Aric Almirola

12. Denny Hamlin

13. Jamie McMurray

14. Kasey Kahne

15. Paul Menard

16. Joey Logano

17. Michael McDowell

18. Alex Bowman

19. Darrell Wallace Jr

20. Trevor Bayne

21. AJ Allmendinger

22. Jimmie Johnson

23. William Byron

24. Chris Buescher

25. Austin Dillon

26. Ryan Blaney

27. Chase Elliott

28. Ty Dillon

29. David Ragan

30. Matt DiBenedetto

31. Gray Gaulding Jr

32. Cole Whitt

33. Jeffrey Earnhardt

34. Ross Chastain

35. Martin Truex Jr
Did not attempt

Kyle Busch wins Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway
HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 23: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Snickers Almond Toyota, poses with the Pole Award after qualifying for the pole position for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 23, 2018 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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