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NASCAR starting lineup: Joey Logano claims pole position in qualifying for Ambetter Health 400

We’ve got updates as qualifying settles the starting lineup for Sunday’s Ambetter Health 400 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Rheem Toyota, and Ross Chastain, driver of the #1 Kubota Chevrolet, lead the field during the NASCAR Cup Series United Rentals Work United 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 12, 2023 in Avondale, Arizona. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Final qualifying update: Joey Logano finished with the fastest lap in the second round of qualifying and claimed pole position. Austin Cindric joins him on the front row. Christopher Bell spun out on his second round qualifying lap. The top ten in the starting lineup will be as follows, with the full starting lineup at the bottom of the page.

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Austin Cindric
  3. Ryan Blaney
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Aric Almirola
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Chris Buescher
  8. Chase Briscoe
  9. Kyle Larson
  10. Christopher Bell

First round update: Every driver got their opportunity and all but one finished their qualifying lap. BJ McLeod spun out on his qualifying lap and will start at the back of the pack. The ten fastest that advance to the second round are as follows:

  1. Ryan Blaney
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Aric Almirola
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Chris Buescher
  6. Chase Briscoe
  7. Christopher Bell
  8. Kyle Larson
  9. Austin Cindric
  10. Kevin Harvick

UPDATE: Qualifying got started at 11:36 a.m. ET.

The NASCAR Cup Series will be in Atlanta, Georgia for this weekend’s races. The 2023 Ambetter Health 400 will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. ET on Fox. Qualifying for the race will run on Saturday, March 18. It will be an early day for the Cup Series as qualifying starts at 11:35 a.m. ET on FS1.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway will use the single-lap qualifying format. Instead of splitting the field into two groups, every driver will run a single lap and the top ten finishers will advance to the second round. Those ten drivers will then compete for pole position.

Kyle Larson and defending race winner William Byron head into qualifying as +900 favorites to win Sunday’s race at DraftKings Sportsbook. Kyle Busch follows at +1000. Chase Briscoe claimed pole position a year ago and is +4000 to win the race this year.

Here is the full entry list for Sunday’s Ambetter Health 400 Cup Series race. We’ll update it with the full starting lineup as qualifying wraps.

2023 Ambetter Health 400 starting lineup

Pos. Driver Car #
Pos. Driver Car #
1 Joey Logano 22
2 Austin Cindric 2
3 Ryan Blaney 12
4 Brad Keselowski 6
5 Aric Almirola 10
6 Kevin Harvick 4
7 Chris Buescher 17
8 Chase Briscoe 14
9 Kyle Larson 5
10 Christopher Bell 20
11 Kyle Busch 8
12 William Byron 24
13 Michael McDowell 34
14 Austin Dillon 3
15 Alex Bowman 48
16 Denny Hamlin 11
17 Tyler Reddick 45
18 Ross Chastain 1
19 Bubba Wallace 23
20 Justin Haley 31
21 Josh Berry 9
22 Noah Gragson 42
23 Todd Gilliland 38
24 Ryan Preece 41
25 Daniel Suarez 99
26 Ty Dillon 77
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 47
28 Erik Jones 43
29 Martin Truex Jr 19
30 A.J. Allmendinger 16
31 Corey Lajoie 7
32 Cody Ware 51
33 Harrison Burton 21
34 J.J. Yeley 15
35 Ty Gibbs 54
36 B.J. McLeod 78