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NASCAR Cup qualifying: See the starting grid for the Enjoy Illinois 300 at WWTR on Sunday.

NASCAR Cup qualifying: See the starting grid for the Enjoy Illinois 300 at WWTR on Sunday.

It’s been incredibly difficult to pass in the NASCAR Cup Series this season, especially at low-banked, shorter tracks.

That put an even bigger onus on qualifying this weekend at Gateway, aka World Wide Technology Raceway.

Michael McDowell did his part on Saturday morning, claiming the pole position for Sunday’s race. He set a track record with a time of 32.318 seconds in the first round and will start alongside Austin Cindric on the front row. Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.

Bell claimed the win last week in a rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, giving him a pair of wins on the season. Heading into Saturday, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson currently sit atop the NASCAR odds board at +600.

Sunday’s Cup Series race at Gateway is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start and will air on FS1.

Ross Chastain (1), drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 at WWT Raceway on June 01, 2024 in Madison, Illinois.

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NASCAR qualifying results

  • Michael McDowell, No. 34 Ford

  • Austin Cindric, No. 2 Ford

  • Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford

  • Christopher Bell, No. 20 Toyota

  • Tyler Reddick, No. 45 Toyota

  • Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota

  • Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Ford

  • Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Toyota

  • Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Toyota

  • Kyle Busch, No. 8 Chevrolet

  • William Byron, No. 24 Chevrolet

  • Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford

  • Kyle Larson, No. 5 Chevrolet

  • Alex Bowman, No. 48 Chevrolet

  • Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Chevrolet

  • Ross Chastain, No. 1 Chevrolet

  • Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet

  • Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet

  • Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Toyota

  • Carson Hocevar, No. 77 Chevrolet

  • Justin Haley, No. 51 Ford

  • Erik Jones, No. 43 Toyota

  • Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Ford

  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Chevrolet

  • Derek Kraus, No. 16 Chevrolet

  • Chris Buescher, No. 17 Ford

  • Noah Gragson, No. 10 Ford

  • Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Chevrolet

  • Josh Berry, No. 4 Ford

  • Harrison Burton, No. 21 Ford

  • Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Chevrolet

  • Ryan Preece, No. 41 Ford

  • John Hunter Nemechek, No. 42 Toyota

  • Cody Ware, No. 15 Ford

  • Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Ford

  • Zane Smith, No. 71 Chevrolet

  • This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: NASCAR qualifying today: Starting lineup for Cup Series at Gateway


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