2018 Watkins Glen Starting Lineup: NASCAR Cup Series

NASCAR Cup Series qualifying results from Watkins Glen International on August 4, 2018

The 2.454-mile road course hosts Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying. Tonight, they’ll set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen.

View Watkins Glen qualifying results below.

The qualifying session was delayed by just under 30 minutes. It’s a late start at the New York road course.

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Round 1
Watkins Glen

A 25 minute session kicks things off in round 1. The top 12 advance to the final round.

Logano is one of the first cars on the track. However, he heads right back for the pit lane without turning a lap.

20 minutes remain, Suarez leads round 1 so far. The time is a 71.298. Here’s a surprise, Michael McDowell jumps to the top of the board. McDowell has a best finish of 12th at Watkins Glen.

12 minutes remain, Kyle Busch goes to 2nd on the board. Chase Elliott sits at the top.

2 minutes remain, Kevin Harvick sits outside the top 12. He wheel hopped into turn 1 and aborted his lap.

The time is up, flying laps will count. Jimmie Johnson bumps Martin Truex Jr outside of the top 12. Truex is already on a hot lap as is Harvick, they both sit outside of the top 12. Truex bumps Johnson! Harvick is just short. Harvick was in the green until he approached turn 6.

Chase Elliott wins round 1 of Watkins Glen qualifying!

Johnson and McMurray both stated that they wheel hopped going into the corner. Johnson missed a transfer spot by less than a tenth of a second.

Chase Elliott at Watkins Glen International
WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 04: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 4, 2018 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Round 1 Results: 1. Chase Elliott (70.489); 2. Kyle Busch (70.736); 3. Erik Jones (70.754); 4. Martin Truex Jr; 5. Joey Logano; 6. Denny Hamlin; 7. Kyle Larson; 8. AJ Allmendinger; 9. Aric Almirola; 10. Ryan Blaney; 11. Michael McDowell; 12. Kasey Kahne;

Round 2
Watkins Glen

The top 12 times from round 1 are reset as they each make a run for the pole in the final round of qualifying at Watkins Glen. It’s a brief 10 minutes session in round two as the sun sets in Watkins Glen, NY.

Kyle Busch didn’t run a single qualifying run in the two rounds of practice earlier today. However, everyone in the garage says he has the car to beat. Is it fast enough for the pole?

Kyle Busch is the first car on the race track for his qualifying run. It’s a 70.320 for Busch, that’s the fastest lap of the day. But, the track is cooling off, they will all be fast.

Chase Elliott uses every inch of the race track off turn 7, Elliott misses the pole by .003. Hamlin to the top of the board, 70.260.

Denny Hamlin takes the pole position at Watkins Glen International!

View the full 2018 Watkins Glen starting lineup for the NASCAR Cup Series event below.

Watkins Glen
Qualifying Results
August 4, 2018 – MENCS

Pos | Driver | Best Time

1. Denny Hamlin

2. Kyle Busch

3. Chase Elliott

4. Martin Truex Jr

5. Kyle Larson

6. Joey Logano

7. Aric Almirola

8. AJ Allmendinger

9. Erik Jones

10. Kasey Kahne

11. Ryan Blaney

12. Michael McDowell

13. Jimmie Johnson

14. Paul Menard

15. Jamie McMurray

16. Kevin Harvick

17. William Byron

18. Brad Keselowski

19. Clint Bowyer

20. Ryan Newman

21. Kurt Busch

22. Chris Buescher

23. Daniel Suarez

24. Alex Bowman

25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr

26. Austin Dillon

27. David Ragan

28. Matt Kenseth

29. Parker Kligerman

30. Matt DiBenedetto

31. Bubba Wallace

32. Ty Dillon

33. Cole Whitt

34. Ross Chastain

35. Josh Bilicki

36. Spencer Gallagher

37. Landon Cassill

Denny Hamlin Busch pole award at Watkins Glen International
WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 04: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, poses for a photo after winning the Pole Award during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 4, 2018 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Watkins Glen
Post-Qualifying Inspection

This is another enhanced weekend. It’s a similar to last week at Pocono where 13 cars failed post-race inspection. With the enhanced schedule, there’s less inspections.

Just like last week, there were no pre-qualifying inspections. However, they are doing things a bit different this week at Watkins Glen.

Instead of inspecting the cars directly after qualifying they will impound them. The cars will be rolled and locked until the morning.

On Sunday morning, the cars will roll through the inspection tent just as they came off the track in qualifying. Any infractions will be announced ahead of the race and those cars will start from the tail at Watkins Glen International.

Are you planing on getting up at 8AM to see if your car passed tech?

“No, I’m not. I’m very confident,” pole sitter Denny Hamlin stated from the Watkins Glen media center.

UPDATE: Two cars have failed post-qualifying inspection at Watkins Glen


Related: NASCAR Xfinity Series: Race Results (August 4, 2018)

Related: 13 cars fails post-qualifying inspection at Pocono Raceway


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