NASCAR Quaker State 400: Starting lineup for Sprint Cup in Kentucky

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.
Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

The rain simply won’t go away for NASCAR. An extra practice on Wednesday was canceled. Then Thursday’s practice was called off. Now, after a shortened practice Friday morning, the field has been set due to cancellation of Sprint Cup qualifying.

By virtue of his strong run in practice, Kyle Larson will start from the pole. The No. 42 driver believed he had one of the fastest cars in the field before practice got underway.

While it was great news for Larson, qualifying being eliminated meant a second straight missed race for three teams. Ryan Blaney, a promising young driver for Wood Brothers Racing, made his thoughts known following the announcement.

The Wood Brothers and Blaney weren’t the only part-time team to be kicked out of the field as Travis Kvapil and the No. 30 The Motorsports Group also took a DNQ. Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing also have to pack up to head home for the second straight weekend.

McDowell was especially critical about the decision by NASCAR to use the time on Friday evening for a second practice instead of qualifying.

Of the three drivers that took a DNQ, Blaney was the only driver set to have a top-20 start (16th) for the Wood Brothers.

With the decision now made, Brad Keselowski, the defending winner at Kentucky, will start on the outside with Larson. Jeff Gordon will start third on his final effort to win in The Bluegrass State before he retires at the end of the year.

Here’s a full look at the starting order for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky.

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. Aric Almirola
  13. Kurt Busch
  14. Paul Menard
  15. Kevin Harvick
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  18. Sam Hornish Jr.
  19. Kasey Kahne
  20. Carl Edwards
  21. Casey Mears
  22. Tony Stewart
  23. Danica Patrick
  24. A.J. Allmendinger
  25. David Ragan
  26. Ryan Newman
  27. Greg Biffle
  28. Trevor Bayne
  29. Michael Annett
  30. Clint Bowyer
  31. Alex Bowman
  32. Justin Allgaier
  33. Cole Whitt
  34. David Gilliland
  35. Jeb Burton
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. Josh Wise
  38. Brett Moffitt
  39. Matt DiBenedetto
  40. Will Kimmel III
  41. J.J. Yeley
  42. Reed Sorenson
  43. Alex Kennedy

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