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William Byron claims NASCAR pole to set starting lineup for 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

The NASCAR Cup Series is headed back to Indy this week for the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard. We’ll update through qualifying until we’ve got the full racing order for Sunday’s race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A general view of pit road during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 04, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

POLE UPDATE: William Byron has claimed the pole and Chase Briscoe will join him on the front row.

UPDATE: The first round of qualifying is a wrap and the following 12 will compete for the pole and the next 11 positions in the starting lineup.

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Chase Briscoe
  3. A.J. Allmendinger
  4. Martin Truex, Jr.
  5. William Byron
  6. Cole Custer
  7. Tyler Reddick
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Ross Chastain
  10. Michael McDowell
  11. Chase Elliott
  12. Daniel Suarez

NASCAR closes out a two-race weekend in Indianapolis with the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard. This Cup Series race will take place at the road course, replacing the traditional Brickyard 400.

The other change for this year is the return of qualifying. NASCAR has cut back qualifying this year to just a handful of tracks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Indianapolis road course is one of them.

Sunday’s race is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, and is preceded by qualifying at 9 a.m. Each of the 41 drivers entered in the race will run a lap on the course. The Xfinity Series then had the 12 fastest drivers run a second lap to determine the pole and next 11 spots. If a driver has to change cars following qualifying but before the green flag drops at 1 p.m., they will be bumped to the back of the pack.

Heading into qualifying, Chase Elliott is the favorite to win the race at DraftKings Sportsbook, installed at +220. He’s followed by Kyle Larson (+350), Martin Truex, Jr. (+550), Kyle Busch (+900), Denny Hamlin (+1100), and Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric (both +1800).

Here is the full entry list for Sunday’s 2021 Verizon 200 Cup series race. We’ll provide updates with each driver’s time and how the starting lineup settles.

2021 Verizon 200 starting lineup

Starting Pos. Driver Car # Top 12 lap Qualifying time
Starting Pos. Driver Car # Top 12 lap Qualifying time
1 William Byron 24 87.765 88.148
2 Chase Briscoe 14 88.191 88.034
3 Chase Elliott 9 88.229 88.318
4 Kyle Larson 5 88.305 87.931
5 Daniel Suarez 99 88.431 88.327
6 Martin Truex, Jr. 19 88.502 88.148
7 A.J. Allmendinger 16 88.518 88.144
8 Joey Logano 22 88.518 88.271
9 Cole Custer 41 88.562 88.225
10 Ross Chastain 42 88.562 88.288
11 Tyler Reddick 8 88.596 88.248
12 Michael McDowell 34 89.302 88.295
13 Austin Cindric 33 N/A 88.359
14 Denny Hamlin 11 N/A 88.4
15 Matt DiBenedetto 21 N/A 88.414
16 Ryan Blaney 12 N/A 88.591
17 Christopher Bell 20 N/A 88.732
18 Aric Almirola 10 N/A 88.782
19 Chris Buescher 17 N/A 88.811
20 Kurt Busch 1 N/A 88.812
21 Kyle Busch 18 N/A 88.818
22 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 47 N/A 88.97
23 Austin Dillon 3 N/A 89.017
24 Alex Bowman 48 N/A 89.026
25 Kevin Harvick 4 N/A 89.071
26 Corey LaJoie 7 N/A 89.074
27 Bubba Wallace 23 N/A 89.278
28 Erik Jones 43 N/A 89.318
29 Justin Haley 77 N/A 89.41
30 Ryan Preece 37 N/A 89.544
31 Brad Keselowski 2 N/A 89.577
32 Ryan Newman 6 N/A 89.639
33 Anthony Alfredo 38 N/A 89.64
34 James Davison 15 N/A 89.976
35 Andy Lally 78 N/A 90.345
36 Josh Bilicki 52 N/A 91.203
37 Cody Ware 51 N/A 91.656
38 Quin Houff 0 N/A 91.837
39 Garrett Smithley 53 N/A 91.865
40 Timmy Hill 66 N/A 92.691